Richard Teller Crane, Jr. built Crane
Cottage on Jekyll Island in 1917, and it was the most expensive and
elegant home ever built on Jekyll. Richard was born in Chicago, Cook
Co., Illinois on 7 November 1873 to Richard Teller and Mary Josephine
Richard, Jr., after graduating from the
Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, started working at his
father's company, the Crane Company. Founded in 1896, this company
produced elevators, steam engines, pumps, plumbing fixtures, drain and
pipe fittings, and many more plumbing equipment.
In 1914, Richard had taken control of the
company until his death on 7 November 1931, becoming the second wealthiest
man in Chicago. Crane joined the Jekyll Island Club on 2 March 1911
and remained a member up to his death, his widow, Florence (Higginbotham)
Crane was elected a member in 1919 and remained until 1940.
Originally Crane was to buy lots north of
the Maurice Cottage, but when
Ms. Baker, who owned Solterra which burned, decided to sell her lots,
Richard was happy to buy them, as they were on the river, right next to
The home was built in Italian Renaissance
style with an enclosed courtyard surrounded by arcaded loggias, 20
bedrooms, 17 baths, and to the south of the house, and a beautiful garden.
Today Crane Cottage is a bed and breakfast,
part of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, with a restaurant, Courtyard at
Crane, which has indoor seating, and courtyard seating under the loggias.