The Isaac Bell House is a historic house and National Historic Landmark at 70 Perry Street (at the 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 some of America's wealthiest families.Arrange to visit Isaac Bell House and other attractions in Newport using our Newport trip planning site.
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Always attracted by the picturesque massing and exterior details. Having tour many of the mansions, I was surprised to find this one empty (except for a bed frame). But the story of the renovation... more »
The Isaac Bell Home has a guide to tour the home with and she was excellent. Note that this Newport home is run by the Newport Preservation Society and this home has tours at specific times. You... more »
It was suggested I go for the last tour at 4 30 because of the way the light plays on features in the house. This truly is an exquisitely built home. The Preservation Society deserves highest praise for rescuing this treasure. Very little furniture in the house, but it is not needed; the glorious details speak for themselves. Well worth the visit.
We had a tour led by Phillip. He was extremely knowledgeable, and kept the tour very interesting as he shared his knowledge of the house, its unique architecture, and its history of owners. If you are an architecture lover and want to hear great stories, this is the place to go. Up there with the big 4 of the Newport Mansions, even if it is so different and not as "grand."
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