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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, which was built in 1883, was a welcome change from all the mansions further out Bellevue. It is more of an architectural tour as the house doesn’t have a great deal of furniture. But it’s ...  more »
  • The architect was free to get his inspiration from where ever he wanted : he did such an astonishing building. The guide we had on our tour made us participate. She had so many stories to tell.  more »
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  • Even though there is no furnishings in this house as of my last visit i still very much enjoyed the tour and history of this house. The history and house itself are fascinating and there are many ornate details to be seen. Do not skip over this house.
  • This was my favorite out of all 11 Preservation Society sites. The house itself is breathtaking. There aren't many furnishings or decorations in the home, which allows you to really see the exquisite craftsmanship and design of the home itself; it is a work of art in its own right. Our guide, Sandy, was full of knowledge about the house, but was also willing to chat about Newport history and even offer some great restaurant suggestions after the tour was done. This is a must see.

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