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History of

Isaac Bell House

Considered very modern in its time, Isaac Bell House still fascinates anyone who appreciates creative architecture.

Isaac Bell 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 house was purchased by the Preservation Society in 1996 and is today designated a National Historic Landmark.

Isaac Bell House is a fully realized experiment that visually represents the search for an American style of architecture. It is left sparsely furnished, as the Preservation Society acquired it, to emphasize the uniqueness of its interior designs.

  • Original Builder

    Isaac Bell

  • Architect

    McKim, Mead and White

  • Construction dates


  • Ownership transferred to the Preservation Society


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Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle-style architecture in the country. Its architects and designers drew from a mix of international and American influences to create a unique Gilded Age style.

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