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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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Wonderful Experience truly enjoyed it!!!
  • 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.
  • 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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