surrounding the pool that is now, as ever,
mysteriously hidden from above. ( The pool
may be reinstalled in the future, but for now
a simple lawn panel represents its shape.)
Original documents guided the restoration. For example, when the Cranes
gave the estate to the Trustees, they sold
the eight classical statues that filled niches
in the retaining wall and pavilions. Period
photographs enabled Bob Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, to
identify those statues and to cast replacements from original molds.
But planning for its future is possible
because the concrete of the newly restored
structures, terraces, balustrades, and statuary won’t crumble from ASR.
“Now concrete science is better. As a
result, the manufacturing process is much
more controlled,” says Younger. “The most
important thing we’ve learned, in the end,
is to shake the mix before it cures. You have
to vibrate out all the air pockets.”
The Casino complex is part of Castle Hill,
which is located on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla
Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts; 978-356-4351;
thetrustees.org. The grounds are open daily
year-round, 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free for
members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10
per car for nonmembers.
the long-gone statues that once filled the
niches of the Casino building have been
replaced with new pieces (facing page) cast
from the original molds. As with the estate’s
accessory buildings, original statues such as the
lion (above) were made of cast concrete, not
hewn from marble. Matching the color of old
concrete was a primary challenge. building shelter inc.
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