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“The best mansion in Newport”
Review of Isaac Bell House

Isaac Bell House
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US$3,000.00*
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Boston to Newport Mansions by Luxury Rolls Royce...
Ranked #28 of 118 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1  Thank Bethany V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This house includes a guided tour which makes it a bit harder to schedule into your day. It was built before the Breakers and the style is very different - mostly dark wood paneling. There is little furniture and it has not been restored to the extent of others such as Elm, Rosecliff or Marble house. Although the guide was able to share some very interesting information, I'd leave this house till last if you have limited time to visit the mansions

Thank Kathi B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe the most overlooked gem in Newport. A beautiful example of shingle style "cottage." A must see

Thank Tony M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a fancy house, but you can learn how restoration was done to this and the other mansions was done by the Newport Preservation Society..

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

This lovely shingle style home offers a glimpse at the renovation process and in the foyer, a pocket door, complete with external hardware. The open floor plan and the Arts & Crafts designs complement the rugged, asymmetrical exterior facade.

Thank Micoda1
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