Built for coal baron Edward Julius Berwind, the building was completed in 1901 and replaced an earlier house on the property that was considerably more modest.
Mr. Berwind was interested in modern technology, and The Elms was one of the first homes in America to be wired for electricity with no form of backup system. It was a very sophisticated house for the time.
What makes it stand out among the rest is the André Le Nôtre inspired garden. The Elms is unique among Newport's historic houses in that the landscaping is as grand as the house. Trumbauer worked closely with Charles Miller and Ernest Bowditch who created the gardens.
From the back of the house a series of terraces leads to a large expanse of lawn dotted with a variety of Newport's famous beech and elm trees.
Like all the great houses of the era, the property included a stables and carriage house. Those at The Elms are particularly beautiful and in the same style as the house whereas at other properties the stables might be more simply constructed.
For a photographic overview of some of Trumbauer's other work pick up a copy of American Splendor: the Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer.
For information about other historic houses in Newport visit The Preservation Society of Newport County.