|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1931|
Industrialist. Best known for his fifty nine room summer home The Great House at Castle Hill on The Crane Estate located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, created by the architect David Adler. Just some of the sights you will find on the Crane Estate property are Crane beach, a casino with a ballroom, rose garden and beautiful statuary lining the grounds. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Crane Company from 1914 to 1931. The property was deeded to him January 10, 1910 and after a decade his wife decided she wanted to rebuild their home being unhappy with the current structure, an italianesque mansion. The newly designed home was rebuilt and opened in 1928. The grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects, which were known for being the creators of Central Park in New York City. The grand allee leading from the rear of the mansion to the Atlantic Ocean was created by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff. After a terrible automobile accident on the roads of Ipswich he was badly hurt and his passenger, which was a special friend, had died from his injuries. He felt if there would have been a hospital in the area his friend may not have died. He proceeded to purchase land and donated it to create a hospital as well as providing the needed funding to see the project through. The hospital was named for his friend, Benjamin Stickney Cable Memorial Hospital. He was believed to have been the second wealthiest man within the city of Chicago, as the Sears and Roebuck founder was the wealthiest at the time. The beautiful mansion and gardens can be seen in several movies including "The Witches Of Eastwick", and more recently "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past". After his death he was placed in the Crane mausoleum, which was designed by architect John Russell Pope who also created the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Florence Higinbotham Crane (1870 - 1949)*
Created by: The Guardian
Record added: Jun 22, 2007
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