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Address: 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind...

The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

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Decorated for Christmas

This mansion and two others are decorated for Christmas and have a number of period holiday toys and decorations on display. This mansion, while grand, is not as ostentatious as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
David M
Warwick, Rhode Island
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This mansion and two others are decorated for Christmas and have a number of period holiday toys and decorations on display. This mansion, while grand, is not as ostentatious as The Breakers. The spaces are beautifully and tastefully decorated and seems more human sized than some of the other houses. Always worth the price of admission.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer. Instead of writing a review for each, I would just repeat what I said about The Breakers. It is interesting to see how the wealthy summered, with their enormous clothing budgets ($500,000 in today's dollars), beautiful furniture, and magnificent view of the surf.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A little strange that they'd not allow you to take pictures but overall a great experience. During the fall there are only 3 houses open so The Elms was the only home available.

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New York
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263 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Heading to Newport, stop and see the Elms Mansion. The Mansion is rich with detail. One of best times to go is during the Holiday season.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First let me say that my husband and I took both the Servants tour and the actual house tour. We loved both of them! The servants tour started down in the cellar and moved up several flights of stairs to their lodgings in what I would call the attic and back down to the boiler room. It was very enlightening.... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While ALL the mansions of Newport have an amazing quality of its own, this one has a "Servant's Tour" Real life history tales along with classic beauty

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Servants Tour gets you a real person to guide the tour, and access to areas you don't otherwise see. Well worth it. Philip provided the back stories to much of the mansion and the people.

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Elms offers a Servent Tour to show how the staff at these mansions lived. Our guide was Phillip. The tour was informative and interesting. The tour does have you travelling to the roof; to get there, you need to climb 82 steps. I am in no way athletic, but I made it! After this tour, we continued to tour... More 

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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another Newport RI mansion to tour. We were given hand held electronic narrator monitors, which you could program in each room to hear more about a person, picture, or artifact in each room. Take your time, this was the gilded age, and everything was gilded! A coal magnate, Edward Berwind commissioned this Mansion to be built as a copy of... More 

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

by far one of the most enjoyable walk-thru visits to any of the mansions in newport. the place is worthy of your time.

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