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May / June 2015

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132 | MAY + JUNE 2015 BY ALEXANDRA PECCI The Trustees of Reservations excavates a long-buried and little-known feature of The Crane Estate. There may not be a more spectacular vista on the North Shore than the Grand Allée, a sweeping 100-foot- wide expanse of dramatically rolling lawn that extends 2,060 feet from the top of Castle Hill at The Crane Estate down to the sea. The vast, formal lawn is flanked Casino Uncovered photograph courtesy of Ryan Smith (above), courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations (inset) in-depth PLACES by walls of evergreen trees, recall- ing the grand villas of Italy, and provides a gloriously uninterrupted view of the ocean beyond. But the Grand Allée has a secret: a "Casino," Italian for "little house," that's hidden within the grassy, terraced mall. During the Ipswich The Casino today and in 1915 estate's heyday as a palatial sum- mer retreat a century ago, the elegant Casino complex boasted a saltwater pool, a billiard room, a

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