Historic Hill Condominium Conversion Complete

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (December 11, 2020) – Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty announced the completion of eight sparkling condominiums in an impeccable conversion of 50 School Street on Historic Hill in Newport, staged by local designer Carolyn Schmitz. 

‘Harrison House‘ is steeped in colonial history. Originally conceived as a lodge for Freemasons, it was designed in the late 1700s by Peter Harrison, known as “America’s first architect” and designer of such notable buildings as the Redwood Library, the first lending library in America, and Touro Synagogue, the country’s first synagogue. The impressive building, with some modifications to the original design, was finally built in 1803. 

Fast forward to the 21st century and a stunning collection of eight unique, brand new luxury units with extraordinarily high ceilings, giant windows, and inviting spaces. A lower-level parking garage with elevator access and a rooftop deck complement the units’ high-end amenities. The rooftop deck has its own historic tale: blown off in the hurricane of 1938, the developer sought and received Historic District Commission approval to restore the observation platform to its former crenellated glory. Now illuminated at night, the rooftop deck is an especially beautiful presence on Newport’s evening skyline and affords spectacular views to residents and their guests. 

The talented artist and colorist Carolyn Schmitz has artistically staged Unit #1 for the developers, Blue Dog Capital Partners. In the open plan townhouse, Carolyn’s energy is colorful, stylish, and inviting. Often working with local developers and clients on historic renovations and new construction, Carolyn is adept at enhancing existing architecture. “The scale of The Harrison House was extremely exciting to work with. The space radiates an abundance of light from oversized windows, and the twelve foot plus ceilings complete the grandeur which one comes to expect in an historic Newport residence.” 

Two units have sold and six are available by appointment or during weekly open houses. Contact Michelle Kirby at 401.862.7873 or Kate Greenman at 401.848.6727 to arrange a showing. See full unit details HERE

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