Geometric Model by Dick Holl, a Student of A.Harry Wheeler, Dodecadodecahedron

In this model, the twelve faces of a dodecahedron are replaced by twelve stars. Below and parallel to each of the stars is a regular pentagon. Only five rhombuses from the corners of a pentagon show beneath each star. The pentagons intersect one another.
This model is cut and folded from tan paper. One star face and one three-sided dimple are shaded with pencil. A paper sticker gives Wheeler’s number for the model, 340. Another mark reads: Holl (/) Mar 23, 1934. A third mark reads: Dick (/) Holl (/) 34.
Richard B. Holl of Worcester, Massachusetts, is listed in U.S. Census records for 1920 and 1930, with a birth date of about 1917. Richard Bernhardt Holl (1916–1985) is listed in Masonic records as born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and dying in Waltham, Massachusetts. Richard Bernhardt Holl also is listed in the 1934 yearbook of North High School in Worcester. Later city directories indicate that he became an engineer.
Magnus J. Wenninger, Polyhedron Models, Cambridge: The University Press, 1971, p.112.
A. H. Wheeler, Catalog of Models, A. H. Wheeler Papers, Mathematics Collections, National Museum of American History.
Ancestry Library Edition, accessed January 23, 2015.
Currently not on view
date made
associated dates
teacher of maker
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Holl, Dick
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
tan (overall color)
gray (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 10.6 cm x 13 cm x 12.5 cm; 4 3/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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