THE NEWPORT POSTCARD GALLERY
APC 41. The Elms Residence of E.J. Berwind Bellevue Avenue. Owned by The Preservation Society and open to the public today. The summer residence of Coal Magnate Edward Julius Berwind. Begun in 1898 and designed by Horace Trumbauer copying Chateau d'Asnieres outside of Paris. Completed in 1901 at a cost of $1.400,000.00. The gardens were created between 1907 and 1914. Mrs. Berwind died in 1922 and Mr. Berwind died n 1936. His sister Julie lived in the house until 1961. The home and its extraordinary contents were sold at public auction after Julia's death. The Preservation Society purchased the home in 1962 and opened it to the public. "In World War II Newport cachet was perhaps most effectively demonstrated by Miss Julia Berwind of "The Elms." One day early in the war Miss Berwind placed a large grocery order. The grocer, surprised that she could have so many points, asked her to produce her ration books. Miss Berwind was even more surprised. "Oh," she said, "I thought those were just for ordinary people." When her gasoline was also rationed, Miss Berwind, in her eighties, took an "adult tricycle"--the first machine of its kind ever seen in Newport. Each morning her chauffeur brought the vehicle around to the front door of "The Elms" with the same cachet he had produced one of her Cadillacs in happier times." From "The Last Resort" by Cleveland Amory.
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