Victorian House Model

Victorian House Model

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A masterpiece of craftsmanship, this ornate model was built by Leonard Roth, a Philadelphia shoemaker, and took ten years to complete.
The house represents the French Second Empire style, which was popular in America from the 1860s to 1880s. It features a double spiral staircase, elaborate gingerbread trim, and mansard roof. With meticulous attention to detail, Roth outfitted the house with windows, a doorbell, and gaslights that actually worked.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
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Gift of eorge L. Roth
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
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Engineering, Building, and Architecture
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National Museum of American History
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