The Elms was built in 1901 for a Philadelphia industrialist. Coal magnate Edward Julius Berwind chose another Philadelphian, architect Horace Trumbauer, to design for him an 18th century-style French chateau that featured every modern marvel of the early 20th century. The Elms was one of the first fully-electrified houses in Newport, and featured an early ice-making machine, a hidden coal tunnel and other conveniences for the staff of more than 40 who managed its day-to-day operations.
A marvel of French and Oriental design influences, the house provides a backdrop for monumental artworks, including wall-sized 18th century Venetian paintings and Chinese lacquer panels. More than 400 guests attended the housewarming party in 1901, including actress Ethel Barrymore and President Teddy Roosevelt's daughter.
The Elms' elegant, symmetrical ballroom opens onto a terrace that overlooks a ten-acre expanse of lawn and specimen trees, a restored French classical revival garden, and polished white marble pavilions surrounded by flowing fountains. Also available for events is the Stable and Carriage House, an architectural marvel in its own right, with a breathtaking view of the formal gardens.
For an event that offers your guests an atmosphere of unparalleled grace and gentility,
there is no better choice than The Elms.