Rhode Island Historic Estate, once owned by Iwo Jima Memorial sculptor, finds buyer


Beacon Rock, the historic Newport, Rhode Island estate, once owned by Marine Corps memorial sculptor Iwo Jima, has been sold for $ 23 million.

Beacon Rock is a “masterpiece,” David Huberman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty said in a statement. It is “considered by many to be one of the most iconic residences on the east coast.”

Set on a rocky bluff that offers panoramic views of downtown Newport, the Claiborne Pell Bridge and Fort Adams State Park, the grand gated residence, originally called the Acropolis of Newport , is inspired by the ancient Athenian Stoa of Attalos and its Agora.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the home was designed by McKim, Mead & White.

Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty / Michael Osean

The 18,787-square-foot home, which is defined by marble colonnades and matching temple-shaped facades, features 10 bedrooms, 10 full baths, and a powder room. It took three years to build it.

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Accessible by a winding road that crosses an arched stone bridge, the house has an entrance courtyard with a boxwood maze surrounded by marble columns and a marble terrace. Another terrace surrounds the house like a blanket and provides access to the swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and wet bar, which includes an ice maker and refrigerator.

Inside, the 20 foot by 28 foot walnut and oak paneled lobby has a beamed ceiling and a marble fireplace. A picturesque wall fresco from 19e-century Niagara Falls, West Point and Boston adorns the oval reception hall, and the living room is paneled in 16ecentury mahogany imported from Germany. In the dining room with its fireplace, the woodwork is in teak.

The house also has an office, a billiard room, a multimedia room with fireplace and bathroom and a marble space with another pool table as well as weights, a hammam, showers, tubs and a hot tub.


The private sale ended on December 8, with Mr. Huberman representing the seller, whom property records identify as a leading lawyer in the area. He did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer, who she said wished to remain anonymous.

The buyer, according to ownership records, is a limited liability company which, according to published reports, is owned by George David, the former chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corp.

Mansion Global could not reach him for comment.

Newport Harbor Home, built in 1887 for Commodore Edwin D. Morgan, cousin of the legendary 19efinancier of the century JP Morgan, was designed by New York-based architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, creators of the Brooklyn Museum and the city’s first Pennsylvania train station.

The original land, which spans nearly 7 acres and includes over 2,000 feet of waterfront frontage, was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York’s Central Park and System from parks to the emerald necklace in Boston.

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The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the historic Ocean Drive district of Newport, was the home of sculptor Felix de Weldon, who moved in in 1951.

While there, he completed the design of the 1954 Iwo Jima Memorial, which was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in 1945 and is housed in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He carried out the work in the shed of the property, which had previously been sold during the subdivision of the property.

The sale was first reported by the Newport Daily News.

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