Isaac Bell House

Isaac Bell House information

Newport , USA
Street 70 Perry St
+1 401 847 1000
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adult/child US$11/US$4
Opening hours
10:00-18:00 mid-Apr-Jan
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Lonely Planet review

Built in 1883, Isaac Bell House is one of the earliest Bellevue mansions. This subtly grand wooden home not only exemplifies 'shingle style' architecture (the thing is covered in graying cedar scales) but, if you compare it to the stone behemoths that would soon arrive in Newport, helps you to understand the changing forms of the city's grandest buildings.

While places like the Breakers overpower you with palatial spaces and over-the-top materials, this McKim, Mead and White structure feels more livable, graceful and American (most other mansions imitate European palaces).