The Shingle Style found its expression in the homes of America as the artistic taste of the American public moved away from the highly ornate forms of Victorian architecture, such as Queen Anne. The Arts and Crafts movement proposed a simplification of decoration and an appreciation of natural materials in their natural state. This resonated strongly with a culture grown tired of Victorian excesses. Architects such as McKim Mead and White popularized this new, simpler ideal among all levels of society, from the simplest cottage to the grandest seaside residence for the high society of New York.
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The Isaac Bell Residence - 1882

A McKim, Mead & White Shingle style masterpiece
$53 - 8 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 86' x 106'
2+ Stories, 5+ Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built 1882, Newport, Rhode Island
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1969

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The Isaac Bell Residence - 1882

New Englanders, seeking something less ornate than the typical Victorian dwelling often turned to the Shingle Style, with its colonial echoes, but less formal floor plans. McKim, Mead and White, the hugely successful and trendsetting New York architecture firm famous for many landmarks, as well as luxury homes, applied their panache to this graceful dwelling, building it in 1882 for Isaac Bell. Characterized by a free flowing floor plan, porches wrapping around, sheltering roofs, and above all by its beautiful weathered shingles, this house epitomizes the style.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. The ground floor consists of 4 large reception/dining rooms clustered around a central hall, with a kitchen wing containing another bedroom. The upper floor contains 4 large bedrooms as well as several smaller rooms which could serve as baths, a study and additional bedrooms.� Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a low sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. Including porches, the main house has outside dimensions of approximately 86'x106'.

  • Building name:      Isaac Bell Residence

  • Designer/Architect:      McKim Mead & White

  • Date of construction:      1882

  • Location:      Newport, Rhode Island

  • Style:      Shingle Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      8 sheets measuring 18"x24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information, Site Plan

  • First Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of Elevations, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of Sections, 1/8"=1'-0"

  • Interior Elevation, 1"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1969, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Shingle Style home plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Shingle Style home, not a pseudo-Shingle Style tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (SH001)

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