The Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle style architecture in the country.
The 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 Isaac Bell House was purchased by the Preservation Society in 1996, and is today designated a National Historic Landmark.
The architects and designers of the period drew inspiration from a mix of international styles and contemporary interpretations of classical domestic themes. The Isaac Bell House is a fully realized experiment that visually represents the search for an American style of architecture.
Isaac Bell House is open seasonally.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website