Heritage Museum of Orange County recently received the donation of a Victorian dollhouse from Dr. Janice Clark, M.D. The dollhouse stands three stories (48½” tall) and has a footprint of 27-1/2” wide by 36” deep. The home is part of the Heritage Home Series crafted and built by the late Richard Tucker. This late 19th century Victorian Home is named Heritage Home #16 and it took Mr. Tucker one year to construct. The inside of the home was created by Bob Mason, an extraordinary artisan of miniature object reproductions. Dr. Clark and Mr. Mason collaborated together to furnish each room of the house with period style wallpaper, moldings, inlaid flooring, stained glass, figures, and furnishings. The home is also equipped with working electric light fixtures & fireplace. According to Dr. Clark, “The craftsmanship and artisan work is amazing and incredible. When I saw Mr. Tucker’s magnificent house in a doll shop I knew I needed to have it.”
Dr. Clark decided to donate the dollhouse to Heritage Museum of OC for several reasons. She wanted visitors, especially children, to enjoy and cherish the dollhouse as much as SHE has over the years. She thought, “… it is a natural fit to be at a Heritage Museum since it was part of Mr. Tucker’s Heritage Home Series.” Additionally, every accessory in the dollhouse is a work of art representing dozens of top artisans. The house is currently located in the back parlor of the H.Clay Kellogg home on the museum grounds. Students and children who visit the museum each day on field trips are able to view the dollhouse up close. This provides an additional educational component to their visit relating to Victorian Architecture. They are able to locate certain architectural elements of the home such as the cupola, frieze, column, and finial. Watching students’ and teachers’ faces light up with excitement when they enter the back parlor of the home is heartwarming.
Heritage Museum of Orange County is very grateful for this generous donation from Dr. Janice Clark and hope that she is content with the use of the dollhouse at the museum.
- Kevin Cabrera, Head of Collections/Curator