The History of Dollhouses

Dolls are a widely valued item within both the older and younger generations. Whether you have a passion for collecting or playing with them, dolls have and will continue to play an important role in many people’s lives.

Just as precious as the dolls themselves are, their houses are just as exquisite. There are two interpretations for a dollhouse. For the older generation, dollhouses were classic Victorian homes built of sturdy wood. For the little girls in our lives, they relate a dollhouse to Barbie’s dream house built of plastic.

While we are not discrediting the newer dollhouse models, which are easier to move and play with, we can’t forget to pay tribute to the classic dollhouse. The dollhouse has a long history that began in the 16th century.

Originally, dollhouses were built strictly for the wealthy. Sir Edwin Lutyens built one of the most famous dollhouses in 1921 for Princess Marie Louise, which she gifted to Queen Mary. The house reaches nearly five feet and includes many intricate details. This famous dollhouse is now on view at Windsor Castle. The attention drawn to the above famous doll house inspired many to acquire their own dollhouse.

Two of the most popular styles of dollhouse were the Georgian and Victorian. The Georgian style included the ‘stately’ orders of the country home while the Victorian was designed with asymmetrical designs and details. Dollhouse styles evolved as we moved into the later generations. Newer styles of dollhouses include stockbroker, half-timbered “semis”, rural cottages and super-modern apartments.

What once was classified as the ultimate toy has turned into a model of history and of timeless beauty and art. Many artists still delight in crafting tiny accessories to accommodate these beautiful homes. You can find accessories at craft shows and exhibits all over the country.

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