marble house

Newport, RI Things To Do: Marble House

The Marble House garnered the attention of American society upon its completion for its opulence and design that has led it to often be compared to the White House. The mansion was constructed from 1888 to 1892 as a summer cottage for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt, members of the infamous American Vanderbilt family. William gave Alva Marble House as a present for her 39th birthday. The mansion was the work of renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt, and has become a symbol of the Gilded Age in America.

Many revered Marble House as a social landmark instrumental in transforming Newport into a legendary resort town filled with stone palaces owned by America’s wealthiest families. Marble House was arguably the largest home in Newport, until William Vanderbilt’s brother Cornelius completed construction on his home The Breakers, in 1895. The fifty-room mansion cost $11 million to build, which equates to approximately $260,000,000 million today. Of the $11 million, $7 million alone was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble used in the mansions construction. When life in the mansion was in full swing, Marble Home required the help of a staff of 36 servants to run.

Alva and William divorced in 1895, and Alva retained ownership of Marble House. When Alva remarried in 1896 to Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, she moved down the street to Belmont’s mansion, Belcourt, and remained there until his death. Upon Belmont’s death, Alva reopened Marble House, adding the Chinese Tea House on its seaside cliff, which became known for the rallies Alva hosted in it for women’s suffrage.

In 1919, Alva permanently closed Marble House when she relocated to France so she could be close to her daughter, Consuelo Balsan. In 1932, less than a year before her death, Alva sold the mansion to Frederick H. Prince. In 1963, the Preservation Society purchased Marble House from Prince’s trust, using funds provided by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, Alva and William’s youngest son. The Prince Trust donated the mansion’s furniture to the Preservation Society as well.

Marble House, in more recent years, became famous for its appearance in the entertainment world. Films including The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses were filmed there, as well as Victoria’s Secret 2012 holiday commercials.

Today, the Marble House is a National Historic Landmark, located at 596 Bellevue Avenue, in Newport, Rhode Island. The mansion is now run by the Preservation Society of Newport County, and is open to the public as a museum.

PLUMBY'S comedy show

PLUMBY’S Comedy Show, January 8, 2016

We had such a great time with the Rogue Island Comedy Festival that we are bringing live comedy back on down to the Brick.

At 8pm on January 8, 2016 PLUMBY’S Upstairs Burger Bar will be hosting another comedy show featuring Marty Caproni, Doug Key and Brian Plumb!

Tickets are only $10.

So come on down for good eats, drinks and laughs!


Holiday Pop-Up at the Pub!

For all of you last minute shoppers, take heart! Brick Alley Pub will once again be hosting our annual “Holiday Pop-Up at the Pub” store.

Taking place upstairs on Sunday, December 20 from 12pm-4pm, the Holiday Pop-Up will feature a number of Newport’s finest local artisans.

We are excited to be joined by great friends like Loren Hope, Aquidneck Honey, Spindrift Soap, Fruition and more!

Mark your calendars and come on down to sip on some refreshments while shopping (and supporting) local!

Restaurant Neighbor Award

Brick Alley Pub Recognized with “Restaurant Neighbor Award”

Last night we were fortunate enough to be invited up to Providence to accept the National Restaurant Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award” for community service in Rhode Island.

Fifteen years ago, the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation joined American Express to create the Restaurant Neighbor Award. The award promotes restaurants’ roles as cornerstones of their communities, and it highlights their efforts to improve quality of life.

From day one – and for the 35 years since – Pat and Ralph have prioritized being a positive, active member in the Newport community. From sponsoring Little League Teams to organizing Blood and Food Drives to our Mary Gomes Memorial Foundation, supporting our Newport neighbors has been and will continue to be our focus.

Thanks to the National Restaurant Association for the honor and congrats to Gregg’s for also being recognized.


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