4 Spectacularly Detailed Dollhouses
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Have you ever wanted to roam the halls of the White House or be a fly on the wall in a royal palace? Well the following four dollhouses take visitors behind the velvet rope and strong iron gates for the opportunity to explore living like kings and queens. In miniature.
England: Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
Stepping through the door of any royal palace, one can expect to find dripping chandeliers, ceilings draped with beautiful murals, and elegant furnishings flowing from room to room. So when famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens designed Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House in the early 1920s, he made sure that the tiniest details exceeded the expectations of every noble. Although it is humanly impossible for anyone to live in this decked-out pad, it boasts a library that is filled with classic books as well as a wine cellar. The dollhouse is also equipped with running water, working elevators and electricity, in addition to a well-manicured garden. Suitably housed in Windsor Castle, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House may be miniature in size, but it paints a big picture of the aristocracy that runs through its veins.
Florida: The Miniature White House
A dollhouse that once toured the U.S. and beyond is bound to create international attention; so much so, it was vandalized on a trip in the Netherlands. Still, that has not stopped The Miniature White House from shining a light on American traditions by providing a behind-the-scenes look of the White House’s iconic rooms. Tiny Oval Office? Yep. Diminutive East Room? Definitely. It’s all here. Thanks to the Zweifel family, this one-inch to one-foot replica gives visitors the opportunity to eavesdrop on private presidential matters when they visit the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont Fla., the location where The Miniature White House permanently sits.
Chicago: Fairy Castle
While many people fantasize about designing their ideal home, film star Colleen Moore dreamt of designing an immaculate dollhouse that would rival many of the world’s opulent palaces. With the help of architects, designers, and donations, she set her plan in motion, creating this $7 million masterpiece. Although it takes a tiny creature to enjoy the luxuries of Fairy Castle, it never ceases to amaze with a princess bathroom accentuated with crystal walls and a silver tub, a chapel that houses the smallest Bible in the world, a dining room that boasts a tiny version of King Arthur’s table as its centerpiece, as well as a fairytale-themed hall. During the Great Depression, the Fairy Castle gained national fame while touring the country to raise money for children in need, and it continues to draw large crowds as a major attraction of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Denmark: Titania’s Palace
One of the historic possessions of the Egeskov Castle is Titania’s Palace, a treasure trove in its own right, gleaming with thousands artistic pieces collected from around the world. Fifteen years in the making, it was constructed to provide a home for the garden fairies that the young daughter of Sir Nevilee reportedly played with. As a result, this miniature residence is seemingly fit for royalty, since it is fully decorated with wooden furniture made of mahogany, and statues, religious symbols, and portraits adorn its many rooms. The dollhouse is so sophisticatedly built that Queen Mary herself was smitten by Titania’s Palace, and officially inaugurated it in the 1920s.
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