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St. Louis, MO 63116
Here are just a few things in the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis. Much more awaits you on your visit.
We received a beautiful dollhouse with surrounding landscaping and out buildings that was created by Suzanne Edwards. This complex is on exhibit on the second floor.
The Dallas miniature museum
that recently closed has donated to our museum some wonderful pieces.
Here are some pictures of a few of the pieces currently on exhibit on
Other structures we have upstairs.
We received the miniature collection of Judy King, from Hot Springs, AR. Here are just a few pictures of some of her pieces. Some are currently on exhibit, and others will be exhibited in the near future.
The Blue Wood Manor House
We received this lovely custom-built dollhouse from the estate of Jane Brown of Newburgh, IN, through the efforts of Ruth Blakeman, Mini-Mansions Dollhouse Shop, Owensboro, KY. Mrs. Brown brought in a picture from a magazine and asked Mini Mansions to build this house.
The separate kitchen has a leaded glass roof. Mrs. Brown constructed the floor tiles herself and designed the layout of this room. The stove is by Hammer N Smith, and the hutch, painted chest, table and chairs is by James Hastrich. The plates and pottery is by Jane Graber.
The three painted upholstered pieces in the living room are by Bluette Meloney, and the French pie table is by Harold Cudworth. The paintings through the house are by Alice Mincer, J. P. Sligh, and P. Downing.
The oval table in the lower foyer is by Goeffrey Crawford. The upper foyer Maine dressing table is by James Hastrich, mirror by Paul Moore, and candlestick by Brooke Tucker.
The dining room gateleg table and chairs are by Geoffrey Crawford, the faux marble-top side table by Frank Hanley, and the silver candlesticks by Pete Aquisto.
The painted bedroom set is by Renee Isabelle, and the bronze by Jim Pounder. The canopy bed is by Goeffrey Crawford and the chest on chest by James Hastrich.
This house and furnishings should be seen to person to be truly appreciated.
St. Louis IX Basilica
"The Old Cathedral"
The Bevo Mill
The Bevo Mill is a St. Louis landmark built in 1916 by August Busch and is directly across the street from the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis. The Bevo Mill is open for Sunday Brunch and special parties. If you'd like to read more about the full size Bevo Mill, please visit: http://www.beertravelers.com/details/missouri/bevo.html
The Bevo Mill in Miniature
We have on exhibit a miniature of the Bevo Mill
on loan from the Carondolet Historical Society built in 1995 by Willis J.
The museum received 20 Gudgel houses from the estate of Betty Martin of Kentucky.
In 1979, Gil & Marge Gudgel from New York, were asked to make a 1:144 scale Cape Cod style house as a souvenir for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts Houseparty. the souvenir was so well received that they began making more of these little houses. They held workshops each year at the miniature Fall Weekend in Boston. They worked together teaching the day-long workshop and students had to finish that day. All the structures can be opened and have rooms inside, but are not finished inside. If the structure is a special edition or limited edition, it will have a number. Each house was also signed M. Gudgel and G. Gudgel. The student was also assigned a number which appears on the bottom of the house. The student was given advance notice of a new building. Gil and Marge Gudgel died in the 1990s and their children, Peggy, Carol, and Tom, carried on the business for several years.
Rita Venegoni, a St. Louis miniaturist, died in February 1998 at age 82. She started collecting dollhouse miniatures some forty years ago. Fifty-seven of Rita’s shops, rooms, and outdoor settings were donated to the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis through the efforts of her grandson, Michael Venegoni, Jr. Rita has the pieces of many artisans—nationally known and local—displayed in her vignettes. The items shown are: pictures of the Game Room, Nursery, the Soda Shop, the 1960s Kitchen, Pet Shop, and 1960s Family Room. There are many more awaiting your visit.
The Tarry Houses
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