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Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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The Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle style architecture in the country. The house was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1883 for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor. After passing through a succession of owners, the Isaac Bell House was purchased by the Preservation Society in 1996, and is today designated a National Historic Landmark. The Isaac Bell House was remarkably innovative when it appeared in 1883. It is a combination of Old English and European architecture with colonial American and exotic details, such as a Japanese-inspired open floor plan and bamboo-style porch columns.
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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

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 exterior and moves inside. If you are interested in the architecture, it's worth...More

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 25 October 2017

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.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 23 October 2017

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.

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Issac Bell house is so unlike the other Bellevue mansions. Its focus is mostly on the architecture rather than furniture.

Thank John C
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Fastidiously restored, and its tour is guided by a man who was involved in the intricacies of much of it. Fascinating view into life at the turn of the 20th century. This was worth the time.

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We toured this mansion while in the area. Interesting history for this mansion. The interior is being renovated, however the outside historic singles and construction was quite interesting.

Thank Zipride
Reviewed 1 October 2017

I really enjoyed the tour of the Isaac Bell House. It is an architectural tour as there are only a few pieces of furniture in the house. I think this house is a nice contrast to the bigger, more opulent mansions. On the day I...More

1  Thank moose444
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This different style mansion was part of the Historical Preservation group of Newport RI. That was the Best Buy of the stay there....$80 for a dual membership gave me and my wife free access to all of the great houses ....other wise the cost per...More

Thank jerryr111
Reviewed 26 August 2017

If you want to see an ornately decorated space then the Isaac Bell House is not for you. This home is an architectural delight. The home is unfinished for a reason, so one may enjoy the space itself and the fine craftsmanship and details.

Thank Cac1234
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Though not as opulent as the other mansions this is a great visit for anyone interested in architecture.

Thank janeo859
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Lillian C
27 October 2017|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Hi Lillian - First, in case you were contemplating a visit soon, I should tell you that the Isaac Bell House is now closed for the season. It will reopen next spring. For your planning purposes, that is a guided tour... More