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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
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This is not a fancy house, but you can learn how restoration was done to this and the other mansions was done by the Newport Preservation Society..

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This lovely shingle style home offers a glimpse at the renovation process and in the foyer, a pocket door, complete with external hardware. The open floor plan and the Arts & Crafts designs complement the rugged, asymmetrical exterior facade.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Build around 1883 it is one of the few remaining houses in the American Single Style architecture. Don't expect a fully furnished house, like many of the other Newport Mansions. The emphasis is on the architecture, not on the furniture. It shows a very nice...More

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

This house is all about the architecture. There's next to nothing for furnishings in the house. The guide was very knowledgeable about the house architecture. The tour starts outside talking about the exterior and moves inside. If you are interested in the architecture, it's worth...More

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Reviewed October 25, 2017

This home is not extravagant yet in seems more livable than some other era homes in area. The collections in the home make the tour well worth the time and cost.

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

This was our favorite mansion. Restraint and not ostentatious. Still, it has wonderful detailing and Victorian character. Just does not scream look at me and all my money. Great sleeping porch.

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Reviewed October 20, 2017

The Issac Bell house is so unlike the other Bellevue mansions. Its focus is mostly on the architecture rather than furniture.

Thank John C
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Fastidiously restored, and its tour is guided by a man who was involved in the intricacies of much of it. Fascinating view into life at the turn of the 20th century. This was worth the time.

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

We toured this mansion while in the area. Interesting history for this mansion. The interior is being renovated, however the outside historic singles and construction was quite interesting.

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Reviewed September 30, 2017

I really enjoyed the tour of the Isaac Bell House. It is an architectural tour as there are only a few pieces of furniture in the house. I think this house is a nice contrast to the bigger, more opulent mansions. On the day I...More

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Lillian C
October 27, 2017|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Hi Lillian - First, in case you were contemplating a visit soon, I should tell you that the Isaac Bell House is now closed for the season. It will reopen next spring. For your planning purposes, that is a guided tour... More
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