|The Elms Mansion, with address at 367
Bellevue Avenue, was owned by Julius
Berwind. It was designed by architect Horace
Trumbauer after the chateau d’Asnieres in
The Berwind residence’s
furnishings by Allard and Sons of Paris are matched in
beauty and extravagance by the Classical Revival gardens
surrounding the Elms.
The Rosecliff Mansion is also located along Bellevue Avenue.
It was owned by Theresa Fair Oelrichs and designed by
architect Stanford White. The inspiration behind the
impressive home was the Grand Trianon, which was the garden
retreat of French nobles in Versailles. During the 1900s,
the Rosecliff Mansion served as the venue for many lavish
parties and themed dinners in Newport.
The Marble House was the property of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson, William K. Vanderbilt. It was also designed by Richard Morris Hunt. As its name implies, the mansion is made mostly out of marble – 500,000 cubic feet of marble, to be exact. William Vanderbilt gave the Marble House to his wife Alva for the 39th birthday. Alva later divorced William and sold the house to Frederick H. Prince.
The Kingscote, set along Bellevue Avenue, has evident Gothic Revival architectural influences. It was designed by architect Richard Upjohn after George Noble Jones asked him to build him a summer home in Newport. The mansion features towers, arched windows and porch roofs. When the Civil War broke out, the Jones family left Newport, and the house was sold to William Henry King. King’s family maintained possession of the Kingscote until 1972. The Hunter House is located along Washington Street. Its architecture is heavily influenced by Georgian Colonial styles.
Part of the mansion was built by Jonathon Nichols, Jr., but after his death, it was sold to Colonel Joseph Wanton, Jr, who expanded the house.
The Preservation Society of Newport County manages a total of nine mansions. Apart from those mentioned above, they include the
Chateau-sur-Mer, the Isaac Bell House and the Chepstow.