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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
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank John C
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Zipride
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This different style mansion was part of the Historical Preservation group of Newport RI. That was the Best Buy of the stay there....$80 for a dual membership gave me and my wife free access to all of the great houses ....other wise the cost per...More

Thank jerryr111
Reviewed 26 August 2017

If you want to see an ornately decorated space then the Isaac Bell House is not for you. This home is an architectural delight. The home is unfinished for a reason, so one may enjoy the space itself and the fine craftsmanship and details.

Thank Cac1234
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Though not as opulent as the other mansions this is a great visit for anyone interested in architecture.

Thank janeo859
Reviewed 31 July 2017

My favorite house by far. Shingle and stone, early Arts and Crafts, many natural elements, and still a work in progress. Amazingly enough, this was designed by Stanford White, who was also responsible for many of the stone "cottages".

Thank Barbara E
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We bought the 5-house ticket (which is a great deal if you have the time to see 5 houses). We weren't planning on visiting this house originally. However, Rosecliff was closed due to the flower show and so we decided to visit this house. What...More

Thank revG777
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This home is an amazing example of architecture and upcycling before it's time. There is little furniture and not all areas are completely renovated so it shows how the historical people restore the homes. The tour was offered on the hour and half-hour by a...More

Thank Judy776
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