The man who built Hill House. Hugh Crain delighted in creating a place which did not subscribe to traditional rules of design and architecture, seemingly hoping to make the house as disorienting as possible. Hugh Crain’s wife died on her way up to visit the completed manor for the first time, leaving Crain to care for their two daughters on his own. Little is known about how he raised the girls, but Luke Sanderson finds evidence—in the form of a scrapbook which cobbles together Bible verses, art, etchings, and disturbing illustrations—that Crain was, in all likelihood, deranged, controlling, and even abusive. It is unclear whether Crain’s influence on Hill House has made it the evil entity it is today, or whether it is the house which corrupted him.
Hugh Crain Character Timeline in The Haunting of Hill House
The timeline below shows where the character Hugh Crain appears in The Haunting of Hill House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...they cannot. The doctor explains that Hill House has been designed to disorient its inhabitants— Hugh Crain wanted the house to be a “showplace,” a marvel of design, but organized the whole... (full context)