From the Dollhouse Architect

The dollhouse was born a few years after Janet left Freedom.  She contacted Architectural designer Jim Hallstrom after reading an article about his miniature replicas in Cleveland Magazine.  He drove from Shaker Heights, Ohio to Freedom to take hundreds of interior and exterior photographs.  He took thousands of detailed measurements to insure accuracy.  Taking the photos and measurements back to Ohio, he met with Janet, went over the details with her, and then created scale drawings of the house.  From the floor plans, renderings and photographs he constructed a foam core mock-up and from that the dollhouse.  Every door, door knob, working double hung window, railing spindle, stair tread, floor board, working electrified outlet, indirect lighting, and original landscaping (now removed from the model) and each chimney brick was reproduced by Jim in his studio per Janet’s detailed and double-checked requirements.  She originally wanted the dollhouse to have plumbing with running water.  That was found to be cost prohibitive.  Jim told us: “She was very particular about the details and an absolutely wonderful person to work with!”  After the house was completed she hired expert craftsmen to reproduce the interior, down to miniature copies of the actual furnishings and paintings.  Glad Works, whose husband Skrow started the Freedom Historical Society’s museum, wove tiny rugs, matching those in the original house.  The doll house sat in Janet’s “Freedom Room” in Cleveland for several years before being donated to the New Hampshire Historical Society.

James Hallstrom
Architectural Designer