2019 RHODY AWARD WINNERS
Video of Paul Miller at the Rhody Awards
Frederick C. Williamson Professional Leadership Award
Paul F. Miller
Paul has decades of service to Newport as a curator and public scholar of decorative arts, historic architecture, and social history.
While growing up in Newport, Paul F. Miller often admired the historic “cottages” that line Bellevue Avenue. Although considered white elephants by many at the time, Paul’s interest endured and led to a position as a tour guide at The Preservation Society of Newport County. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in French and a Master’s degree in International Relations, Paul was hired as the Assistant Curator at the Preservation Society in 1992 and promoted to Chief Curator in 1995. Over the course of those 26 years, Paul developed internationally-recognized expertise in decorative arts and interiors. His painstaking research and collaboration with original manufacturers supported the restoration of landmark architectural interiors and informed important exhibitions and publications. Included among his many accomplishments are the award-winning restoration of the Gothic Room at Marble House, receiving the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, and the publication of Lost Newport: Vanished Cottages of the Resort Era.