The historically significant World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, influenced the architects of eclectic houses in America during the early 1900s. Interpretations of European styles became quite fashionable during this period, and historic details were freely mixed to create expressive new designs.
Enjoy your tour of Hill House, a replica of the client's childhood home, built in 1900 near Chicago. Dozens of rooms fill four floors of this massive house, copied on the half scale (where one-half inch equals one foot). The dimensions of the model are: 33" wide, 49" deep, and 28" high. The structure is all wood, and 10,000 hand cut wood shingles cover the enormous seven-gabled roof.
Hill House features a porte cochere, enclosed back porches on three levels, a two car garage, workshop, large living and dining rooms, kitchen, wet bar, downstairs study and upstairs den, library, nursery, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and seven fireplaces with five chimneys. Hardwood floors and paneled walls grace the rooms on the main floor. Bay and dormer windows add appeal to the interior spaces and exterior design. To reflect the Tudor Revival style, the exterior finish includes stucco and brick cladding, with dark half-timbering. While some Tudor houses used decorative or false timbering, the timbers of the Hill House replica are real and integral to the structure.
Hill House was featured in the March 2007 issue of Dollhouse and Miniature Scene magazine.
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