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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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Description: Home of Issac Bell on Newport's Bellevue Avenue is one of the best...
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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This house is still being gradually restored. The interior does not include furnishings It was designed by Stanford White and the woodwork is beautiful. The exterior... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This house is still being gradually restored. The interior does not include furnishings It was designed by Stanford White and the woodwork is beautiful. The exterior restoration appears to be complete and is an interesting example of the period. Worth the detour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This one is really worth it if you're interested in architectural history. It was made even better by a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide. Not much in the way of furnishings, but in amazing condition with some good insight into the restoration process. Radically different than touring the other gilded age mansions.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Very different experience at this house. It is very dark inside and has almost no furniture. It is a restoration in progress, if you are interested in how these houses are restored the guided tour will be for you. Sadly not for me, there is ample parking at the house. Take your own food as there is very little on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

You can keep the mansions - I'll take this early example of American Arts and Crafts/Shingle style architecture (the first American-born style since Colonial architecture). You'll learn this and more on the tour,which allows you to see restoration in progress. (Note to trustees: finish pampering the wall downstairs with the gorgeous silk. Don't leave it to the moths😊). Wonderful tour... More 

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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This was our first visit to The Isaac Bell House, an interesting property in the midst of restoration. Strictly an architectural tour, no furnishings except for a bed and a dining room set. This Shingle Style house has an eclectic mixture of styles and architectural features which made for an interesting tour.

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Tucker, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great. We heard goiod things, but had never been. This is different than all the others, but real interesting to focus on an unfurnished house on a smaller scale. Will be one of our favorites. We had an early tour that was small with a good guide. The "cottages" are nice after seeing the mansions. We would highly recommend this... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We purchased the Newport Mansion Membership and we wanted to see all of the mansions. This was a nice experience, but it is not as magnificent as the other mansions because it focusses on architecture. It is not furnished. It was a really good learning experience. There was parking on the street and we also saw later, in the back.... More 

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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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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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