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Isaac Bell House
Posted 9/11/2008
Many new themes were emerging in American fine and decorative arts and architecture as the wealth of the nation grew in the last quarter of the 19th century. While most people conjure up visions of gleaming white stone and glass mansions as the best known expressions of this period, other enduring and uniquely American themes were also being created. This podcast explores the “Shingle Style” home of Isaac Bell, a wealthy New England merchant, created by Stanford White in the 1880s. In it we find the seeds of what would later emerge as the Prairie School under the inspiration of Frank Lloyd Wright. This podcast is an excerpt from a 48 minute documentary available online at or at any Newport Mansions Store.

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