Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA by Monica M. Scanlan


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In 1910, Richard T. Crane, Jr. of Chicago, the magnate owner of Crane Plumbing, bought Castle Hill, a drumlin on Ipswich Bay. He hired Olmsted Brothers, successors to Frederick Law Olmsted, to landscape his 3,500-acre (14 km2) estate, and engaged the Boston architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge to design an Italian Renaissance Revival style villa on the summit. A grande allée, 160 feet (49 m) wide and lined with statuary, would run the half mile from house to sea. But his wife, Florence, loathed the building. Crane promised that if she still didn’t like it in 10 years, he would replace it. True enough, in 1928 a new 59-room mansion designed by Chicago architect David Adler in the English Stuart style stood in its place, called the Great House. At Mrs. Crane’s death in 1949, the entire property was bequeathed to The Trustees of Reservations, which uses it as a venue for concerts and weddings.

Taken 4/24/10.

(A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
George Moore)

Nikon D300, PSE 7, Photomatix and finished in Picasa (1 raw image), 200 ISO, handheld, 10-20 Sigma.


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  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    What a neat place Monica! take care, Linda

  • Thanks, Linda!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago

    Magnificent architecture! Neat building Monnie!

  • Thank you, my friend….wait until you see the rolling hills that lead to the ocean behind this estate…..coming soon to a RB site near you….LOL

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Gerry  Temple
    Gerry Templeabout 4 years ago

    Some house!! Great capture

  • Thanks so much, Gerry!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Home somewhere…..”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thanks so very much!!!! It is an honor!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosabout 4 years ago

    beautifully shot.congrats on the feature

  • Thanks so much, Jean!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

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