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Isaac Bell House, Newport

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The Isaac Bell House is a historic house and National Historic Landmark at 70 Perry Street (at its corner with Bellevue Avenue) in Newport, Rhode Island. Also known as Edna Villa, it is one of the outstanding examples of Shingle Style architecture in the United States. It was designed by McKim, Mead, and White, and built during the Gilded Age, when Newport was the summer resort of choice for America's wealthiest families.HistoryIsaac Bell, Jr. was a successful cotton broker and investor, and the brother-in-law of James Gordon Bennett, Jr., publisher of the New York Herald. Bell hired the New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White (Charles Follen McKim, William R. Mead, and Stanford White) to design his summer cottage. Known in Newport for designing Newport Casino, and later in Boston for designing Boston Public Library, they also designed the famous Pennsylvania Station in New York. Construction took place between 1881 and 1883.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Though not as opulent as the other mansions this is a great visit for anyone interested in architecture.  more »
  • July 31, 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...  more »
  • July 13, 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 a...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    This house is a change of pace from the huge mansions. This is a home that promotes understanding of the era and the people. Do the homework and read up on the owner and builder---interesting story!
  • March 13, 2017
    One of smaller Newport mansions, still a very interesting place to visit while in the area. We decided to get a membership and visit all the mansions. Well worth your time.
  • July 2, 2017
    Wonderful Experience truly enjoyed it!!!
  • July 21, 2015
    So many of the Newport cottages are overwhelmingly opulent it's easy to overlook the quieter homes. Big mistake. This is one of my favorite homes in the area with its beautiful arts and crafts decor and shingle style architecture.
  • May 5, 2015
    This house has always been one of my favorites. Visitors should not let Gilded Age opulence overshadow the proportions and restraint of the earlier, shingle style architecture.

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