You may remember a few weeks ago when I told you that Chris and I visited The Marble House in Newport, RI (and if you don’t, feel free to click the link) Well, since Chris and I had another night sans children last weekend, we headed back to our favorite go-to spot – Newport….and you guessed it, we visited another one of the famous Newport Mansions.
The Newport Mansions are a collection of 11 historic properties. The Gilded Age mansions are all restored “summer cottages” that belonged to some of America’s wealthiest families during the 1800′s and early 1900′s (think Vanderbilt).
This time we headed to The Elms, which was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the Pennsylvania coal industry. The house itself was modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million.
I think they said the Berwind’s lived there for something like two weeks a year. Can you even imagine?
Just like when I was at The Marble House, being the little law breaker that I am, I managed to snap a few pictures inside the house. They aren’t great, but they are better than nothing. Plus, I didn’t use my flash, so no harm no foul, right?
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