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Isaac Bell House, Newport
(4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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 mansion tour is unusual because it showcases the house while it's being refurbished. You get to see the house largely empty and down to the bare studs and flooring. Still interesting. 
  • This open floor plan house built by McKim, Mead & White differs greatly from the rest of the houses in Newport. Taking inspiration from Japanese architecture, the Isaac Bell House is a departure from ...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by how different this house is from the other mansions. The house is mostly unfurnished, which allows visitors to see the beauty and creative style of the original structure...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great place
  • 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.