Daily Dream Home: Harold Brown Villa


The home known as the Harold Brown Villa on Newport, Rhode Island’s prestigious Bellevue Avenue was designed by Dudley Newton in 1880. The home is sited on 4.85 acres and has a gated estate drive. The exterior is made of stone, with a formal interior executed in classical French Empire style.

The first floor features a reception hall and great room, an enclosed conservatory, two libraries, a sitting room, and a formal dining room. The second floor, accessed via a curved staircase from the great room or by elevator, includes a master bedroom and several additional bedrooms and baths.

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The home’s grace notes include marble floors, columns and beautiful architectural detail across 13,962 square feet of living space. The park-like grounds were designed by the Olmsted brothers and include specimen beech trees and flowering plants.

Even more unusual is that this is the first time the home has ever been publicly offered. It was recently owned by Eileen Slocum, a famed Republican socialite who entertained former presidents Gerald Ford and George H. Bush at the home. She was locally beloved for opening the gardens of her Bellevue Avenue estate and inviting passersby to enjoy them Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., keeping an old Newport tradition alive.

This home is listed for $5.9 million with Lila Delman and is showcased by Luxury Portfolio.