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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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The Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle style...

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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Best of the lot. Make sure to see it.

Really amazing early Stanford White building. I loved that the building isn't furnished, so the focus is on the architecture and there is no guesswork involved in what might have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really amazing early Stanford White building. I loved that the building isn't furnished, so the focus is on the architecture and there is no guesswork involved in what might have been there. This approach really allows you to see the building, and the tour was focused on the architecture and the preservation effort. We had a terrific guide who knew... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed this home along with Kingscote. After all the fancy furnishings in most cottages, loved the attention on Japanese inspiration of this shingled styled home. Tours were on the half hour but took 50 min, so we had time after Kingscote to make the 11:30 before heading out of town,,

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

People come from all over to view the architecture of the Isaac Bell House. It was very extraordinary in that area.....the house other wise is empty. First house to use "reflective lighting". No furnishings, no paintings or photos. The house is empty (except the dining room). It was rather warm the day of our visit and they woman who was... More 

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Beaufort, Slo Country
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no marble, gilt or Franco/Italian influence here. In fact our real-life guide described the house as a new American that adopted the cottage style to bringing nature into the house. And, the famous, and perhaps infamous, architect of the time, Stanford White, as the precursor of Frank Lloyd Wright. There is no furniture in the house. But, it... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked up to the house to find out that the house had no furniture and it basically was about the archecture of the house the guide was very nice to explain that before starting the tour.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Unlike the other Newport mansions, The Isaac Bell House is almost completely unfurnished and is still undergoing restoration. The significance of this house is due to its place in the evolution of US architectural styles, as the first house completely designed by Stanford White. If I were limited by time and/or money to just a few on f the mansions,... More 

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

The guide made this property come alive... I only wish I remembered her name. It was an excellent tour of an extraordinary house.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The guided tour was amazing! The guide talked about the history of the house and the family. Some of the rooms had sections being restored, so they explained how it was done back 100 years ago. The house itself was beautiful and much more reasonable and quaint feeling that many of the other mansions.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

The history of this house was so nicely explained by a well prepared guide. The beautiful woodwork and amazing work the preservation society has done makes this house come alive again. There is very little furniture but none is needed to appreciate the craftsmanship in this special home .

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Called one of the most influential houses in the history of American building design, it leaves behind much of the Colonial and Federalist to bring touches of other cultures and incorporates found objects into the very structure of the house. So pleasing, so imaginative, so lovely.

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