The Elms was the third Newport Mansion that we visited on our second day in Newport, Rhode Island, 2015. By this time we were both feeling just a little bit tried, what with the heat and all the walking…..these Mansions are huge. Again no photos allowed inside, so I have copied one from a book, just so you have an idea, of how opulent they are.
This stunning Newport mansion was the summer home of coal magnate Edward Julius Berwind. Mr Berwind and his wife Sarah commissioned Horace Trumbauer to build them a home modeled after the French Château d’Asnières in 1898.
The house was completed in 1901, and remained in the family until the early 1960’s. It was purchased by the Preservation Society of Newport County in 1962, within weeks of being demolished (yes, they were really going to demolish it!). It became a National Historic Landmark in 1996.
The estate was constructed from 1899 to 1901 and cost approximately 1.5 million dollars to build. Like most Newport estates of the Gilded Age, The Elms is constructed with a steel frame with brick partitions and a limestone facade.
In keeping with the French architecture of the house, the grounds of The Elms, were designed in French eighteenth-century taste and include a sunken garden. We didn’t get as far as the sunken garden, due to my other half, who had sat down and totally refuse to move another inch in the heat. I did venture a little, but I was suffering slightly, well more than that, so we decided to call it a day and head off to our hotel for a rest before dinner. We still had two to explore before we left Newport the following day.