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May / June 2015

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136 agenda was the Casino complex. "It really has some wonderful features to it," Murray says. "It's very rich in its architectural details." The buildings are highly ornamented, with balustrades and ornate reliefs, paving materials made of marble and brick, urns and statuaries, Tiffany lighting fixtures, and distinctive changes in elevation and plantings "that sort of captured all of the Italian inspiration," says Murray. "It's a very rich, intriguing space that was a center for fun and entertainment," he says. The restoration team wanted to revamp all of the Casino complex's original architectural and decorative elements and landscaping details. Luckily, the area was well documented with photographs. The team reused as much of the original materials as they could, and what they couldn't reuse, they re-created with minute atten- tion to color, form, and texture. Some of the rails on the balustrades, for example, are reproductions and indistin- guishable from the originals. Not only was the Casino complex crumbling and in-depth PLACES 163 main street, essex ma 01929 978.768.6045 Ahoy! AN UNUSUAL AND SCULPTURAL ANCHOR-FORM MAHOGANY ROCKING CHAIR, CALIFORNIA, CIRCA 1940s. furniture, decorations, works of art, lighting & curiosities from the 17th to the 20th centuries Photographs courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations The historical photo of the Casino shows off its classical architectural detailing.

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