A Nod To The Past; Hints At The Future

Staff Writer

Banners displaying historic scenes of downtown Newport's past recently installed on the perimeter of the former Spates Block

The Newport Renaissance Corporation Design Committee began a meeting in early April to come up with ideas on how to best enhance the perimeter fence that now surrounds the recently razed Spates Block.

The design committee along with the Cartee Photo Collection and MAC Center for the Arts, worked on concepts that would celebrate the history of the block through the use of older images. Paul Dreher, Victoria Mathiesen and Rick Woodward brought the ideas to life.