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Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #29 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Home of Issac Bell on Newport's Bellevue Avenue is one of the best examples of shingle-style architecture in America.
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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This home has tours every hour on the half hour. It was a docent led tour that focused on the architectural aspects and history of the home and designer. It wasn't decorated or furnished like the other mansions that we toured this week - to highlight the features and historical value of the home. I could see myself living here!

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Houston, TX
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This house is not furnished, so it is difficult to see how the aesthetic style really was integrated into the house as a whole. The guided tour was a bit dry - I would put this at the bottom of the list of the houses to see in Newport.

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Jamestown, North Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Just because this house isn't as grand on the outside or as opulent on the inside as the most popular ones available to tour, don't pass it up; it has something to offer that the others do not. While it's true that the home is almost totally void of furnishings, the few pieces it does have were found in the... More

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Milford, Massachusetts
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395 reviews 395 reviews
227 attraction reviews
655 helpful votes 655 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This visit we went to Chateau sur Mer, Chepstow, Kingscote and Isaac Bell House on the Saturday of the Newport Wine & Food Festival. The only property we have seen before was Chateau sur Mer, all the others were our first time visiting. Reading some of the reviews, we were not surprised that some of these properties are not visited... More

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La Salle, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It is nice to see a home that is still going through the preservation process. This is a must see house in Newport.

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New York, New York, United States
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199 reviews 199 reviews
98 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

After a heavy day of touring three mansions, Isaac Bell House tour was a breathe of fresh air. The House is very significant due to its American Shingle Style architecture and in my humble opinion, a more significant house to visit prior to visiting all those mansions. The house was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKim,_Mead_%26_White)... More

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Syracuse, New York, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Saw both this house and The Breakers - and liked each for different reasons. I would love to live here, the house is just beautiful. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job. I would have loved to see the top floor of the house, but sadly, that was not part of the tour.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is better than all of the mansions put together. I fell in love with this house and its story as soon as I stepped inside. It might not look like much from outside, but the fascinating attention to detail, and the architect's love and passion for his family, shine through with every step. This isn't just a house-- it's... More

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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286 reviews 286 reviews
137 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

This is a Stanford White designed house. You can not visit this house on your own. You must take a tour. In June tours are only given on weekends about an hour apart. This house has very little furniture, no art work, no curtains, no expensive baubles. The tour puts the emphasis on the architecture of this house. The first... More

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Oak Island, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

We enjoyed visiting this and Kingscote - they were "2 for the price of 1" on the mansion tour and were a lot smaller and very unique. When you tire of the opulance, head over to see this gem.

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