Welcome to the Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, built in 1928, located on the seascape north of Boston in Ipswitch, Massachusetts. I fell in love with this house when I first saw it in the 1987 movie Flowers In The Attic. This is the view when I first fell in love:
The Crane family purchased the 2100-acre farm in 1910 as a summer retreat, and in 1928 the 59-room Stuart-style mansion, designed by David Adler, replaced the existing home because Mrs. Adler did not like the Italian-Renaissance villa designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The Olmsted Brothers’ other designs remained, such as the gardens, and as you can see in the photo, the opulent casino & ballroom at its midpoint.
View from the house over the great lawn where the sea awaits.
Some of the original gardens.
And from the movie, the main staircase when they first arrive to the Foxworth Estate.
Corrine stands in the great hall when she returned “home.”
The children are locked into this suite in the servants’ wing. Look at that amazing fireplace and wood-paneled walls.
The children make a playground in the enormous attic. I use to play in a furniture storage room similar to this in my grandfather’s warehouse when I was growing up. He was a collector and stored the pieces he wasn’t using.
The bedroom where the grandfather stayed as they waited for his death.
In 1949, the Crane family donated the home to the Trustees of Reservations, and it is open to the public for tours & weddings. Other movies were filmed here, including The Witches of Eastwick an Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, which I will feature at a later date.