The Isaac Bell House, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

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On holiday in 2015 we visited this house, known as ‘An American Shingle Style Masterpiece’  I am so glad that this building was one of the ones that was saved in Newport, Rhode Island, along with the other bigger Mansion Houses.

‘The Isaac Bell House’ is a large house, built as a summer “cottage” in 1882-1883, and is an early work of the architects McKim, Mead, and White.

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It is a typical example of the Shingle Style, and it is distinguished by the extreme open character of its planning. Designed for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor, the house passed through a succession of owners until the Preservation Society of Newport County bought it in 1996.

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The Bamboo porch columns.

The house was very innovative for its time and I just loved the bamboo-style porch columns.  The interior was Japanese-inspired with an open floor plan, and sliding doors.  We were not allowed to take interior shots, even thought the interior was empty.  I did manage to take a shot through the door, well I wasn’t inside the building.  I have a feeling that if the guide had seen me, it would have been delate, delate, delate, but it does give you a little glimpse of this wonderful building.  It is a very beautiful Arts and Crafts house and I’m just going to let the photos show you how beautiful.

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The sneaky interior shot.

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More bamboo porch columns with dragons.

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June 2015

4 comments

  1. Fantastic! I love a lot of detail and this is loaded with it. I agree with you on the bamboo columns, the dragons are great! The different patterns in the shingles are interesting. And I love that the chimneys look a bit like pagodas. I’m sure the inside was quite good, too. Well done! 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, it was a pleasure to take the photos, I had to wait until most of the people had gone inside for some of the photos, there were quite a few who had come to look. The inside was good, but the exterior was extra special 🙂

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