Gustave White Sotheby’s  International Realty today announced the sale of ‘The Telephone  Building’ at 142-146 Spring Street in Newport.

A one-of-a-kind property designed by Boston architects Perkins & Betton, the property sold for $2,536,000. The sellers were represented by Kate Rooney and Michelle  Drum of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty. Annie Becker of Lila  Delman Real Estate represented the buyer. 

The historic building in downtown Newport was constructed in the late nineteenth century in Beaux-Arts style with a brick and limestone façade featuring dentil moldings and a grand Palladian window. The property was sensitively restored and converted into a residential building consisting of a  spectacular loft-style owner’s unit and first-floor apartment. A floating staircase leads from the loft to an intimate rooftop salon that opens to a  dramatic deck and green roof garden overlooking Trinity Church, downtown,  and the Newport Bridge and Harbor. 

The sale of this historic property is the second highest sale on Newport’s  Historic Hill for the past five years, with Gustave White Sotheby’s  International Realty representing the top four during that period.

Kate  Rooney stated, “Michelle and I were honored to have the opportunity to  represent the sellers of ‘The Telephone Building.’ They beautifully juxtaposed the old and the new in their meticulous renovation of this iconic property.  There really is nothing like it in Newport. This transaction has been and will  remain a highlight of our careers.”

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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