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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-847-1000
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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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an important piece of architecture

We studied this building when I was an architecture student at Cornell. Although we visited Newport, the Bell House was a private home back in the 80's so we where only able to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We studied this building when I was an architecture student at Cornell. Although we visited Newport, the Bell House was a private home back in the 80's so we where only able to view it from the street. Although small and modest by newport standards its of architectural significance, very glad its open to the public now.

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Pawtucket
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This mansion tour is unusual because it showcases the house while it's being refurbished. You get to see the house largely empty and down to the bare studs and flooring. Still interesting.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This open floor plan house built by McKim, Mead & White differs greatly from the rest of the houses in Newport. Taking inspiration from Japanese architecture, the Isaac Bell House is a departure from other houses on the Newport Mansions trail. While it is still a restoration in progress, and mostly unfurnished, the Stanford White design inspired the next generation... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by how different this house is from the other mansions. The house is mostly unfurnished, which allows visitors to see the beauty and creative style of the original structure. I also enjoyed hearing the history of the house and the people who lived in it. I think that, of all the houses, this one sparked my... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

There's a great back-story to the Bell House that makes it worth visiting if you're doing several tours. Unlike most tours, it's almost vacant of furnishings, but the architectural details make it a fun tour, and it's probably the least crowded of all the homes.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

It does not have gold and marble and collections. That is the good news. Instead, there are 5 different shingle styles, big porches including a sleeping porch upstairs. As the rooms, except for the dining room, are uncluttered with furniture, you can explore to your heart's content. It is difficult to pick a favorite room but walking down the stairs... More 

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Dagsboro, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is possibly the least visited Newport Mansion since it does not have the over-the-top opulence of the others but this one has historic, architectural significance overshadowing its more showy neighbors. This particular house introduces the "shingle style" to American architecture and our guide was a retired architect who described its design features with authority, detail, and respect bordering on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

This 'mansion' remains unfurnished so you can get a good feel for the structure and size of all the rooms.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

If Marry (sp?) is your tour guide, you are in for a treat. She is extremely passionate and very knowledgeable, which added to the interest of the tour. Although the house is mostly unfurnished, the architecture is great to see, even for those who are not typically interested by such a subject. I would love to see this house again... More 

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Very rarely do you get to see a restoration in progress, this Stanford White designed house is one of the real gems of Newport! Unfurnished, it lets its beauty shine through unfettered by furniture. Our guide, Joyce, obviously loves this house and is really steeped in its history and what has been done so far...that made the tour really spectacular.... More 

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