Photo of the Day – The Elms, Newport RI

10-28-2013 Kim in RI 044The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island is one of the summer “cottages” built by wealthy Americans from New York City and other locations on the East Coast in the early 1900’s. The Elms was completed in 1901 and was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. The Berwinds contracted architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. 

I was lucky enough to visit the property in October with my best friend… Read her blog here. She was visiting from Los Angeles and is an interior designer. So we love to visit historic homes and do tours when she gets back to the East Coast.

The tour that we did was the main tour. There is also a servants tour which tours the servants quarters on the top floor of the house and the kitchens in the basement. The tour is a self guided audio tour with LOTS of information. The Elms audio tour was recently redone and includes lots of optional audio stories to listen too in each room after the main tour is finished.

The tour discussed everything from the history and architecture to the stories of the wild parties that were held at The Elms to the modern day actions of the Historical Society to restore and protect the house and the original paintings and artifacts that remain there.

My favorite room in the whole house was the Conservatory. A bright and airy room with floor to ceiling  glass windows and doors that looked out onto the back veranda and the amazing gardens. The tile floors, chaise lounge chairs and amazing plants in mosaic pots made me want to relax in there with a cocktail and a good book on a summer afternoon while the ocean breeze floated through the windows.

Although you cannot take photographs inside the building you are allowed to photograph the grounds. I’ve added some images that I took on the grounds below.

The mansion is now run by the Newport Historical Society. The house is open seasonally. But is open for the holidays with the mansions decorated for Christmas.

Check here for a schedule of events and operating times and admission costs.

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Above left: The staff entrance is covered with wisteria vines so that guests could not see the trucks coming and going from the house. It was if everything appeared by magic. Above Right: An amazing tree on the property.

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Above Left: Part of the garden that reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. The grounds are immaculately  cared for. Above right: Part of the formal English Garden. W visited the property in late October so that gardens were not flourishing as much as I imagine they would in the summer.

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Above Left: The main water fountain in the garden. It had been shut off for the season. I’m looking forward to going back in the summer to see the gardens in full swing. Above Center: A beautiful bust that sits just in front of the formal English Garden. Above Right: A statue of a tiger striking down a crocodile. This is a replica of a famous sculpture in France. “Tigre terrassant un crocodile, Tiger striking down a crocodile, Auguste Nicolas Cain, 1873, Jardins des Tuileries, Paris, France”

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