Castle Hill “Hot and Cold Tour” (aka, the “Basement to Cupola Tour”)

Seeing this photo on the North Shore Art Throb web site sold me on the tour — we had to go.

The tour was great — we got to see the boiler room, the coal room (held two train cars’ worth of coal), the two kitchens, the pie rolling room, the servants’ quarters, the wood elevator, the luggage elevator, the dumbwaiter, step inside the silver safe, and last but not least, we got to go up to the cupola!

Most of the house is off-limits to photos, but here’s what I was allowed to take.

Our tour guide Nancy Ronan shows us the kitchen with balcony (for fine china) above — Leo thinks it looks just like our house!

Pre-wedding photos being taken on the amazing Grand Allée.

One of the Griffins (half eagle, half lion) being tested by Leo (all lion) for stability.  These were a gift from R.T. Crane Jr.’s employees and sculpted by Paul Manship (who also did the Rockefeller Center Prometheus statue).


Walking from the Italian Garden back up to the house.

Check out the vintage electrical switches down in the Italian Garden.  It’s a Fullman Adjustable Floor Outlet and a Hubbell tandem plug socket — what would they have plugged in, I wonder?  I love the1921 ad I found about “more convenience outlets”.


Finally, the house itself.  Pretty new (built 1924-1928) by architect David Adler, based on a 17th century English country house.

And a panorama from the roof — click to enlarge.  

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