House Lust: A Luxe Townhouse in a Converted Masonic Lodge in Newport

Peek inside the masterful renovation of an 1803 Freemasons lodge in the heart of Historic Hill.

After twenty-two years, the Freemasons lodge conversion is complete.

The structure was designed by architect Peter Harrison — aka “America’s first architect” and the man behind Newport’s Touro Synagogue and Redwood Library and Athenaeum — and completed in 1803. According to listing agent Michelle Kirby of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, the Freemasons sold the lodge in 1998 to a developer who subsequently partnered and sold to Blue Dog Capital Partners, the Providence-based firm that completed the project.

“It was in very dated/original shape with a large service kitchen in the basement and various meeting spaces,” says Kirby. “The developer held it empty for thirteen years while he planned the conversion. He worked for years with an architect on the design concept, ultimately going through a several-year permitting process.”

The developer dug out the basement to install the lower-level parking garage and elevator, says Kirby, and also restored a rooftop observation deck that had blown off in the 1938 hurricane. The building was then divided into eight residences: five single-level condos and three townhouse-style condos. Two have already sold, but Unit 1, on the first level and featured below, is still available.

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For more information, contact Gustave White’s Michelle Kirby at 401-862-7873 or Kate Greenman at 401-848-6727 or visit


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