Hi everyone! Happy T Day once again. It is hard to believe we are just about at the middle of September already, isn't it?
Last week was a relatively quiet one for me after getting past the busy long Labor Day weekend. Since there isn't all that much to share, I thought today for T I would take you on an inside tour of the Crane Estate. Last week for T I took you on an outside tour. Here's the link back T is for Spontaneity in case you are interested.
I'll warn you this post is a bit long. Sorry about that.
The Crane manor is a 3 story building that the Crane family first lived in in 1929. The first floor is (for the most part) is open to walk around whether you take a tour or not. The furniture there is not original and you can sit wherever you might like. Some of the rooms are even more or less empty to use for functions since you could , for example, host a wedding there. I am assuming this first photo is of the family library.
There are 2 tours to view the rest of the house. One tour is for the second floor, and the other tour takes you up to the third floor and to the cupola. The views from the third floor must be amazing, but unfortunately when we arrived, we would have had to wait longer to take that tour as the next available one was scheduled later in the afternoon.
There was a tour of the second floor bedrooms and bathrooms in 15 minutes after our arrival, and even though that didn't initially sound as exciting as going into the cupola, my friend and I decided to take that one.
I am glad we did. My friend and I were the only ones on that tour, unlike the third floor tour, which we saw heading off when our tour finished, that had around 20 people in it. (Masks were required inside the house.)
Our tour was also a bit more theatrical. Our tour guide was Mrs. Poppins (no not Mary), but a woman dressed up and playing the role as the head housekeeper in the house in 1929, who was a real Mrs. Poppins. My friend and I were each house guests. We each picked a card telling us our information as we paid for the tour. I can't remember my name on the card, but I was a middle aged woman who was related by marriage to a famous Bostonian, Isabella Stewart Gardner. My friend played a much younger woman whose fiance had just died.
This was an excellent tour.
First let me refresh your memory that the Crane family, who were from Chicago, made all their money in bathroom fixtures like toilets, showers and tubs, so seeing the upstairs private bathrooms was amazing. Mr. Crane was also into the latest 1929 gadgets, so there might be a few in my photos.
Each member of the family had their own suite, with a large bedroom, private bathroom, dressing room with closets, sitting room, and even a sleeping porch with a bed by a large expanse of windows so it would be more comfortable on those hot summer nights. I can't say the porch was what we think of a porch, but more of a heavily windowed hallway. And yes, for those of you who mentioned this in your comment last week, the rooms were basically from an English estate or house, taken apart piece by piece, and then shipped to the US and reconstructed in the house.
It's not like we were allowed to wander so my photos are limited. You can at least get a gist from these.
First a few snapshots of Mrs. Crane's suite. That's Mrs. Poppins on the left in the reflection, and my friend Jo on the right.