Today I read the news that one of the most famous dollhouses in the world got a $200,000 renovation.
It’s the dollhouse from the actress Colleen Moore. And it’s not just a dollhouse it’s a Fairy Castle.
Silent film star Colleen Moore had a lifelong obsession with dollhouses and spent what would be around $7 million in today’s dollars to build the Fairy Castle.
As one of the most popular actresses of her day, the star of 1934’s The Scarlet Letter had the resources to enlist top talent to produce her miniature dream home.
The doll house even had an actual architect, who said ‘the architecture must have no sense of reality. We must invent a structure that is everybody’s conception of an enchanted castle.
The end result was Fairy Castle, a doll house full of chandeliers dripping with diamonds, emeralds, and pearls, murals courtesy of Walt Disney himself, and 2,000 miniatures throughout its expansive floor plan–including the smallest bible ever written.
Work on Fairy Castle began in 1928. By 1935, some 100 designers and artists had worked on the house.
Here you can see a great video of the restoration: