Pipe Dream

A mansion built with a toilet fortune

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nce the summer home of Chicago bathroom fixture king Richard Crane, Castle Hill is a Stuart-style, 59-room mansion finished in 1927 on 800 acres, including a broad grand lawn half a mile long that ends at the ocean’s edge. The entrance hall alone is 63 feet long with a ceiling 16 feet high; the landscaping was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and completed by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff, who also laid out the gardens at Colonial Williamsburg; and the faucets are made of sterling silver.

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Ipswich has the most 17th century houses of any town in America; one, the Whipple House, is open to the public. An herb garden by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff fronts the 1655 timber-frame home at 1 South Village Green, which is open from May through October.

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