I look at miniature as an art form, and like any artist, I take pride in creating something that is completely and uniquely mine. In other words, I take pride in building everything by hand. I do not buy parts that are cookie cut by a machine, ordered out of a catalog or even made by another person. The windows, trim, woodwork, fixtures, lighting and every other part that make up one of my miniatures are individual works of art, each made by no one other than myself. When put together they form “one big picture," or rather one big miniature. From start to finish, every building or room is unequivocally an original. Creating my own designs, I start with an idea that has been inspired by real world architecture. Once the idea is finished, I transfer the completed design onto paper and then I build. The final creation is comprised of years of study and an unadulterated love of architectural history.
With that being said, staying one hundred percent accurate to the style I am portraying is everything. I want to represent the historic form in the purest way possible. Purity forbids the mingling of styles even when they are of the same time period. Since a style can span many years and over many geographical locations, it becomes more than just “style” to consider when making something truly accurate. Colors, engineering and function can all change over a short period of time and from region to region. I like to think of this kind of scrutiny as a means of preservation, the study of a historic architectural form, portrayed in miniature.
My interests span two hundred years, roughly from 1700 to 1900 and are not confined to houses alone. I love nearly all forms whether made of timber or masonry, engineered or primitive, private or commercial. But out of that my true love is for mid-18th century American homes.
I do not work from templates or any other means of mass production. And when I build a full structure or an individual room, I never build it a second time. I like giving my buyers something that is uniquely theirs. Something that will never be available again.
About this item,
This dollhouse is a one twelfth scale model of an American Greek Revival of the mid 19th century. Every feature is accurately portrayed as a late 1840’s early 1850’s neoclassic home. The interior features such as fireplace mantels, baseboards, molding, column stoves, doors and door locks, lighting, stairways, flooring, and layout have been equally considered. Every piece of the house has been completely handmade, with the style and era being replicated in precise detail to portray an exact model of a period Greek Revival. Both interior and exterior colors reflect a rich earth tone quality and texture common of the time.
The layout is not a linear procession of rooms as found in most doll houses. Instead, it laid out like a real life house, a vernacular three rooms wide and two rooms deep floor plan. The style of Greek Revival it depicts is not what you would find in a city or highly developed area, but rather one often found in rural settings. Though, a well to do household, the configuration of the rooms directly acknowledges the functions of rural life of the time.
Notable attributes of this house are the grain painted doors, the back servants’ stairs, exposed timber framing in the attic, and the cedar shake shingles that have been individually hand split. All windows, doors, and shutters are functional as well. The primary rooms are electrified with handmade lights that put off an amber glowing oil light effect. Each electrified room is individually wired and can be turned on or off separately.
This is the only one of its design and will never be copied. Each part of the building is made individually and is entirely unique to itself, making the house a complete original.
Custom designed and built by Dustin White January 2011 to June 2012. 4,787 pieces.
To see more pictures check out youtube and search Greek Revival Dollhouse.
First floor: double parlor (two rooms) separated by double doors, central hallway, dining room, kitchen, and creamery.
Second Floor: three bedrooms, central hall, sewing room (or bathroom for modern display), and maids quarters.
Third floor: attic. Three Fireplaces and two column stoves. Grand stairway to second floor, back stairway from kitchen to maids’ room, and stairway to the third level attic.
Three exterior entrances; primary front hall doorway, dining room door to porch, creamery door to porch.
Eleven rooms and two hallways, totaling 3,294 square inches of display space.
The house measures approximately 54" wide, 31" deep, and 33" high. Ten inches can be removed from the height by removing the chimneys and upper roof. The house can then be turned on its side and brought threw a space as narrow as 23".