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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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  • Unlike all the rest of the home tours in Newport, Isaac Bell is an architectural tour, rather than a history of the family/seeing the furniture the way it was set, etc. The tour guides are kind and ve...  more »
  • This house isn't about fancy furniture. It's actually empty. It's a tour all about the beautiful articture of the building. Very interesting.  more »
  • We studied this building when I was an architecture student at Cornell. Although we visited Newport, the Bell House was a private home back in the 80's so we where only able to view it from the street...  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.