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Isaac Bell House, Newport

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4.2/5 based on 45+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • There's a great back-story to the Bell House that makes it worth visiting if you're doing several tours. Unlike most tours, it's almost vacant of furnishings, but the architectural details make it a f...  read more »
  • It does not have gold and marble and collections. That is the good news. Instead, there are 5 different shingle styles, big porches including a sleeping porch upstairs. As the rooms, except for the di...  read more »
  • 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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