It started in the late 1990’s….well, actually, it started a long time before then. I have always been fascinated by miniatures and by old houses. But sometime in the late 90’s I was skimming through the shelves of the local library and I ran across a tall, slim book, full of architectural plans from 1891.
Fascinated, I took it home.
Somewhere in my brain, I decided one of these would be wonderful to turn into a miniature house, and I settled on this one:
Along with the description:
$10,000 for a whole house…maybe the dollhouse version might cost about that now.
Of course, there were a few things I wanted to add to the house….like a library. Every good Victorian house needs a library. And a nursery.
So I started sketching a little model of what I wanted the floors to look like.
First Floor Plan: With a huge library… The arrows on the outside show where I wanted the walls to swing outward so you could see the inside of the house.
Second Floor Plan : with a sewing room and nursery added…
Third Floor Plan: under the eaves…with a billiard room in the attic, just like Samuel Clemens. Although I pity the servants who had to haul that slate up to the third floor…
(I think the numbers on the bottom right are the total numbers of lamps I thought I’d need for the rooms.)
And finally the roof tops:
Then I started measuring and sketching and making actual scale plans of the entire thing. My imagination was running wild, but I had no idea how to make these plans a reality. So I dropped the whole project and went back to grad school instead…