The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate Among 25 Sites Competing for Preservation Funding

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William Bagley
The Trustees of Reservations
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Kristi Perry
The Trustees of Reservations
PR Manager

Sheila Green
Partners in Preservation


Beverly, MA – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected one of their signature properties, The Crane Estate in Ipswich, to participate in the prestigious Partners in Preservation program. The Crane Estate is one of 25 finalists selected from 160 Boston-area landmarks to compete for a portion of $1 million in preservation funding from American Express. The five-week, online voting contest runs today through May 17, and the public is invited to cast a vote a day for their favorite landmark. The site with the most votes is guaranteed funding for a specific project.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be among the finalists,” says Andy Kendall, President of The Trustees of Reservations, “and a tribute to this extraordinary property. The Crane Estate is part of the fabric of the North Shore, one of the landmarks that preserve the character of the entire region. We are thrilled that Partners in Preservation is raising awareness of Boston?s cultural heritage, and helping us preserve the sites that add so much to quality of life in our communities. And don’t forget to vote!”

About The Crane Estate
The seaside Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark, is owned and cared for by The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization. The Trustees own and manage 100 reservations across Massachusetts, 20 of which are on Boston’s North Shore. More than 250,000 people from New England and beyond visit the Crane Estate each year to tour the Great House, swim at Crane Beach, paddle around the Crane Wildlife Refuge, and stay at The Inn at Castle Hill.

Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr., purchased approximately 400 acres in 1910, the beginning of what would become the Crane Estate. A contemporary of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Crane was captivated by the beauty of the landscape, and, over time, worked with eight leading architects and landscape architects to shape his summer retreat. In 1929, he crowned the estate with a grand mansion designed by the world-renowned acrchitect David Adler. Today, the Crane Estate encompasses 2,096 acres, and is open to the public, offering educational and cultural programs and activities, year-round recreation, and wonderful sites for private functions.

How Partners in Preservation Funds Can Help
The Crane Estate is competing for funds from Partners in Preservation to restore a key feature of the core estate, the Bowling Green adjacent to the Great House. Once a site of the Crane family?s summer games, the Bowling Green?s walls and stairs have crumbled over time and the area is now closed to the public. Partners in Preservation funds would allow The Trustees to make repairs so the Bowling Green can be available once again for summer fun – lawn games, picnicking, concerts, weddings, children’s activities, and more.

Vote to Preserve
To cast your vote in support of the Crane Estate, visit between April 14 through May 17, 2009. Participants may vote once a day during the five-week period, and are encouraged to get colleagues, friends and family involved. The site that receives the highest number of popular votes is guaranteed to receive 100% of requested funding for their preservation project (up to $100,000 for The Crane Estate Bowling Green restoration project.) At the end of the voting period, American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a special Advisory Committee comprised of Boston area dignitaries will review the public’s votes along with each site’s monetary needs to determine how the rest of the $1 million in preservation grants will be awarded.

“Come to our Backyard” Open House: Saturday and Sunday, May 2–3, 2009
The Trustees of Reservations are holding a “Come to Our Backyard” Open House during National Preservation Month on Saturday, May 2nd from 10AM to 4PM and Sunday, May 3rd from 12NOON to 4PM. The event is free and open to the public. Pack a picnic and try your hand at lawn games such as croquet and bocce ball, participate in a Maypole dance, take self-guided tours of the Great House and grounds, enter a raffle with lots of great prizes, enjoy refreshments, and more. There will also be a special raffle for current Trustees members, or anyone who joins during the weekend, to win a season?s pass to the Crane Estate?s popular Summer Concert Series. Please bring friends and family, but leave furry friends at home. The Crane Estate in Ipswich is located on Argilla Road.

Partners in Preservation Program
Launched in 2006, the Partners in Preservation program is a global initiative to raise awareness of historic and cultural sites and invest in their care. American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has pledged $5 million over a five-year period toward preserving historic sites in selected cities across the country. The Partners in Preservation initiative is designed to benefit local historical sites and involves community participation in an online model to choose the winning historic site.

About American Express
American Express Company ( is a leading global payments, network, and travel company founded in 1850. Historic preservation has long been the hallmark of American Express’ involvement in the community, reflecting its recognition of the contribution of sites and monuments to a sense of national and local identity and the role that their preservation can play in attracting visitors and revitalizing neighborhoods. As early as 1983, American Express launched a cause-related marketing effort that raised $1.7 million for the preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. From 1996 to 2005, American Express contributed more than $10 million to help preserve 119 historic sites in 59 countries from the World Monuments Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. In June 2006, the company announced the American Express Partners in Preservation initiative, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as its partner in the U.S. and the World Monuments Fund as its partner internationally.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Trust for Historic Preservation was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America’s story. Staff at the Washington, D.C., headquarters, six regional offices and 28 historic sites work with more than 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states.

The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for 100 spectacular “reservations” located on 25,000 acres in 71 communities throughout Massachusetts. All reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads ? several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, and mountain vistas. The Trustees also offer meeting space at their Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, and manage a popular campground for summer getaways.

The Trustees also offer hundreds of programs and activities throughout the year for all ages, most of which are free-of-charge or discounted for members. In addition, The Trustees are a leader in the conservation movement and have served as a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. With communities and conservation partners, The Trustees work to address important conservation issues and efforts across the Commonwealth. The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land and, with our partners, have assisted in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.

As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a pace of 40 acres per day across the Commonwealth, time is running out to save the best of Massachusetts’ landscapes and landmarks. To find out how you can protect or preserve a special place in your community, become a partner, request a speaker, and/or become a Trustee through your volunteer, donor or membership contributions, please call 781.784.0567, visit, or email We are all Trustees.

More about The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) own and care for some 20 reservations in Essex County including: Agassiz Rock, Appleton Farms and Appleton Farms Grass Rides, the Crane Estate (Castle Hill, Crane Beach, The Inn at Castle Hill and the Crane Wildlife Refuge), Coolidge Reservation, Crowninshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Halibut Point, Long Hill, Misery Islands, Mount Anne Park, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Ravenswood Park, Stavros Reservation, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation, and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic, and cultural resources in Massachusetts. They offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps, and plant sales throughout the region. To find out more about The Trustees in the Northeast, please call 978.356.4351.