Elm Court, Lenox estate, to be opened as resort

LENOX — The 110-acre estate at Elm Court, one of the earlier and more elaborate Lenox estates, will be opened late in June as a resort, according to an announcement made this noon by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Helm George Wilde of High Lawn. It will be operated as a summer and fall resort under the management of the Knott Corporation of New York.

Elm Court, whose guests included many international notables in the days when Lenox shared with Newport the distinction of being the summer capital of American society, will not only remain in the family of the late Mrs. Henry White, the former Emily Vanderbilt Sloane, but the property, with its luxurious furnishings will remain for the most part intact.

Mrs. Wilde, the former Marjorie L. Field, daughter of the late Mrs. William B. Osgood Field, has a sentimental interest in Elm Court. Her mother, Lila Vanderbilt Sloan, was the youngest daughter of Mrs. White, whose first husband was William D. Sloane, internationally known rug manufacturer. His brother, John Sloane, at one time owned Wyndhurst, now part of the Cranwell School for Boys.

Elm Court, which will accommodate 100 guests in the mansion and cottages on the attractive grounds, has been closed only one summer since it was built by W.D. Sloane in 1887. Mrs. White died during the summer of 1946 in her 94th year, and the property went on the market.

The property is located on the Stockbridge road, so-called, which runs parallel to Route 7 on the Lenox-Stockbridge highway. It is about one mile from the Patterson Monument, near the Curtis Hotel.

Because of the many cultured activities here during the summer, like the Berkshire Symphonic Festival, the Berkshire Playhouse and Jacob’s Pillow, the Wildes feel there is a need for a place in the country for Elm Court “where the facilities of a fine private club prevail.”

Alphonse Chague, veteran superintendent of Elm Court, who brought fame to the local estate at flower shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other sections of the country, will continue as superintendent of the estate.

Chague, who is the originator of the white delphinium, several varieties of roses and other flowers, is currently putting back into condition the 20 greenhouses on the estate, noted for years for the flowers, fruit and vegetables raised year-around.

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