Fort Adams

Newport, Rhode Island


Client:  Fort Adams Trust

Year Complete:  2012


Project Team:  Ann Beha Architects, KZLA, Wondercabinet, Robert Sillman Engineers

Photography:  Marianne Lee

Contractor:  Windover Construction


Thanks to a $1.5 million open space bond approved by the State of Rhode Island, unrestricted access to Fort Adams will occur in the summer of 2012. Since the Fort re-opened to the public in 1965, it has only been open to guided tour or special events because of unsafe conditions. Working with the project architects, KZLA has developed a strategy to make the 6.5-acre parade ground accessible to all visitors, improving interpretation of America’s largest coastal fortification, and restoring the historic landscape. Decades of deferred maintenance left overgrown vegetation, broken pavement, and barricades. Significant clearing of vegetation on vertical walls, elevated fort features, and the dramatic earthworks will again make the fort legible to visitors and will help preserve the masonry. A three-dimensional stone model of the fort is proposed outside of the east gate to orient visitors to this large and complicated site.