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Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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The Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle style architecture in the country. The house was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1883 for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor. After passing through a succession of owners, the Isaac Bell House was purchased by the Preservation Society in 1996, and is today designated a National Historic Landmark. The Isaac Bell House was remarkably innovative when it appeared in 1883. It is a combination of Old English and European architecture with colonial American and exotic details, such as a Japanese-inspired open floor plan and bamboo-style porch columns.
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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Though not as opulent as the other mansions this is a great visit for anyone interested in architecture.

Thank janeo859
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite house by far. Shingle and stone, early Arts and Crafts, many natural elements, and still a work in progress. Amazingly enough, this was designed by Stanford White, who was also responsible for many of the stone "cottages".

Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We bought the 5-house ticket (which is a great deal if you have the time to see 5 houses). We weren't planning on visiting this house originally. However, Rosecliff was closed due to the flower show and so we decided to visit this house. What...More

Thank revG777
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This home is an amazing example of architecture and upcycling before it's time. There is little furniture and not all areas are completely renovated so it shows how the historical people restore the homes. The tour was offered on the hour and half-hour by a...More

Thank Judy776
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This house demonstrates innovation and internationally influenced open plan design. Our expert guide gave us an appreciation of the many unique details that make this building a treasure. Don't go to look for luxurious furnishings - there is none. The architectural design detail stands on...More

1  Thank TMO_11
Reviewed 19 June 2017

As a contrast to the opulence of the Breakers this is a good place to visit. You could imagine people living there. And yet the detail pointed out to us by a very knowledgeable guide was amazing. Definitely one to visit!

1  Thank winifredholden
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

This is an important home with wonderful curves and a prime example of American cedar shingles. It's a gem and a treasure on the outside. Inside it has some nice moldings and mantles, but no furniture. If you have limited time I suggest you walk...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The home is an example of shingle style architecture. The house is something you can actually appreciate someone living inside, as opposed to showing off their wealth. The interior architectural details are interesting and beautifully done. Our docent was outstanding and really made the visit...More

1  Thank DavidS60745
Reviewed 6 June 2017

This home is unlike Marble House, the Breakers, or Rosecliff - in that it is not as imposingly impressive. BUT it's a gem unto itself. Here, the tour concentrates on the architecture of the place - a rare classic example of shingle style. It's easy...More

1  Thank jim s
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Sparsely decorated and a restoration in process, this is a true vision of Stanford White in the begining of his hayday. Details that hide from sight but enhance the character of the building. Nothing by comparison to the golden age Mansions but a true historical...More

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