The Elms

In Newport, Rhode Island

A look at a portion of The Elms, one of the famed Newport Mansions. These residences were built as “summer cottage” escapes by super-wealthy New Yorkers. They reflect the heights (depths?) of late-19th and early-20th century capitalist excess. In the case of The Elms, it was coal money. In fact, the owners (coal magnate Edward Berwind and his wife) had a tunnel built underground that was used to bring in coal on its own railroad track in order to fuel the boilers that heated the mansion year-round, even though they only visited and entertained during the summer. Imagine…

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