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.
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.
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.
The sneaky interior shot.
More bamboo porch columns with dragons.