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Isaac Bell House
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$3,000.00*
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Boston to Newport Mansions by Luxury Rolls Royce...
Ranked #24 of 82 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

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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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) in 1883. The gentleman docent was fantastic and well versed on the property. Its unfortunate that the Isaac Bell House does not get the press or number of visitors as do the mansions in Newport. This House is a must see as well as Hunter House.

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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.

1  Thank Vanessa B
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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 a love letter in physical form.

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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 20 minutes are spent outside as the guide talks about the shingles and the design of the building. The inside tour shows how the walls have been refurbished to look the way they did when Stanford White designed the house. As funds have allowed, they have had wallpapers in some of the rooms reproduced.

The rooms in this house are very interesting. Two of the downstairs rooms have floor to ceiling pocket windows which make the rooms very bright. Definitely plan to visit this house, if you have the time. I suggest that you become a member of the Newport Preservation Society.
As a member you can visit this house and the other nine properties of the Society as many times as you want during your membership year. It only cost $75.00 for two adults or $90.00 for two adults and all their children under 17.

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