Isaac Bell House
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Architect McKim, Mead, and White
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Location Newport, Rhode Island   map
Date 1881 to 1883   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System wood frame, shingle siding
Climate temperate
Context residential
Style Shingle Style


Photo, exterior.

Photo, exterior.



Site Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Discussion Isaac Bell House Commentary

"Overall, the Bell house represents the creative interplay of the talents of the three partners in the early 1880s. None appears to have dominated the commission. The elusive historical features of the design, while seen in a positive light many years later, proved troublesome at the same time, for Americans of the 1880s wanted a specificity of association not present in a modernized Colonial style."

— Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead & White Architects. New York: Rizzoli, 1983. p82.

Sources on Isaac Bell House

Arnold Lewis. American Country Houses of the Gilded Age. New York: Dover Publications, 1982. ISBN 0-486-24301-X. LC 81-17384. NA7610.A58 1982. exterior photo from the garden, plate 7.

Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-06-430086-2. NA705.R67 1979. discussion, p159. exterior photo, plan drawing, p158. — Available at

Leland M. Roth. McKim, Mead & White Architects. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1983. ISBN 0-06-438491-8. LC 83-47559. NA 737.M4R65 1983. exterior photo from the garden, f66, p72.

Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead and White, Architects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. NA737.M4W54. ISBN 0-8478-0491-7. LC 83-4534. site context plan drawing, f87, p78.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Isaac Bell House


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