The Old Brick Market building that houses the Museum of Newport History was designed by noted 18th century American architect Peter Harrison, built in the 1760s and now is a National Historic Landmark. Located at 127 Thames Street on Washington Square in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, the three-story brick structure with a low hip roof was designed as a traditional British style market house, like Boston's Faneuil Hall. The first level was an open-air arcade that served as a marketplace for various goods. The upper levels have seen a variety of uses, from a printing operation to a theatre to a town hall to art galleries. Today, the building is owned by the Newport Historical Society and houses a museum detailing Newport's history from pre-colonial times to the present, including the Gilded Age mansions and the town's legacy of yachting and its popular music festivals from jazz to folk to classical. Among the exhibits include the lens of the Ida Lewis Rock Light. The museum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
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