Architect Horace Trumbauer is said to have been inspired by the Château d'Asnières outside Paris, and a first look at the ornate dining room of The Elms, suitable for at least a marquis, buttresses that claim. So do the sunken gardens, laid out and maintained in the formal French manner. The owner was a first-generation millionaire, a coal tycoon named Edward J. Berwind. His cottage was completed in 1901, and he filled it with Louis XIV and XV furniture, as well as paintings and accessories true to the late 18th century. It was one of the first fully electrified mansions in Newport. Visitors can opt for a self-guided audio tour as well as lunch in The Elms Carriage House.