Brick Market

Thames St. & Washington Sq., Newport, Rhode Island


Brick Market

1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Arthur W. LeBoeuf, Photographer, 1937 FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATIONS.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


Designed by Peter Harrison, the Brick Market is modeled after Inigo Jones's and John Webb's Somerset House in London. It was commissioned by the Proprietors of Long Wharf and to be used as an open market space on the arcade level and for dry goods above. In 1842 the top floor was taken out and the upper story given over to municipal uses. After serving as a town or city hall, the building underwent a restoration led by Norman Isham and paid for by John Nicholas Brown. In 1993 it was renovated again for museum purposes. (See Buildings of Rhode Island, p. 521) -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS RI-276)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1762; 1772

Update Log 

  • April 5, 2015: New Street View added by Marc Belanger