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The house that Barbara built

September 17th, 2011

Making dolls’ houses is usually something of a private passion.

But 83-year-old Barbara Connor has gone one better and had her three-storey, nine room dolls’ house accepted for permanent display in her local arts centre.

The Monroe Art Guild in Monroe, Georgia, has agreed to give Barbara’s creation a home because, in the words of Guild director, Bryan Hardman: “It’s a good thing to show to school groups and give them a look at history.

“There’s a lot of attention to detail. It wasn’t just favourite pieces of furniture, but everything inside is from the specific time period. It captures a piece of American culture.”

Barbara’s dolls’ house stands more than three feet tall and is both detailed and period specific to its Federal-style architecture.

“It was just like building a house,” Barbara says. “It was a true labour of love.”

Starting the project in 1991, the house took more than a year-and-a-half to complete but Barbara kept tinkering with the interiors over the years, right up to donating it to the guild.

“It’s always been a work in progress,” she says.

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  1. Sounds fantastic! When do we get to see some photos?

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