Friday, May 18, 2012

"Castle Hill" Italian Style

An Italian Renaissance Revival villa with stucco walls and red tiled roof designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge(successor firm to Henry Hobsen Richardson) c.1910. Built for Richard T. Crane, Jr.(Crane Co.) on Castle Hill, the highest promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near Ipswich, Massachusetts.  According to wikipedia his wife Florence felt that the mansion was cold and drafty, and made her displeasure known. Crane countered by promising that if she would give it ten years, he would replace it if she still insisted. She did! It was razed and replaced in 1928 with a 59-room Stuart-style mansion designed by architect David Adler.

Click HERE to see "Castle Hill" today at wikimapia.

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