The Harold Brown Villa, after having remained in the same family since 1895, is now on the market. One of Newport’s famous Gilded Age mansions, the property is set to sell for $4.995 million.
The 13,962 square foot mansion sits on 4.85 acres of land on prestigious Bellevue Avenue. It was originally built in 1895 for Harold Brown, a member of the Providence Brown family (of Brown University). Landscaping was done by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, which is known for designing Manhattan’s Central Park.
The doors of the 25 room French-inspired house open into a grand entrance hall with a marble floor and columns.
The ground floor was built for entertaining. Eileen Slocum, having inherited the mansion from her aunt, Harold Brown’s wife Georgette Sherman Brown, hosted former presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush along with other political figures like Dick Cheney and Elizabeth Dole in the home.
A porch overlooks the grounds, which include winding gravel paths and massive trees. A covered terrace provides a cozy spot for outdoor entertaining on the other side of the house.