|One can stare at the Thorne miniature rooms for hours.|
The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th Century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th Century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and built between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.
The Art Institute of Chicago's Thorne Miniature Rooms exhibit of 68 individual rooms is said to be the world's largest miniature-room collection.
The black and white postcard photographs are from the 1940s. The modern color photographs are of the same rooms for comparison. Some items have been added, moved, or are missing from some miniature rooms, between the 1940s photos and the modern color photographs.
Can you find any of the changes made to these miniature rooms?
|Thorne's Cape Cod Cottage Living Room. 1750|
|Thorne's Georgia Double Parlor. 1850|
|Thorne's Jeremiah Lee Mansion Drawing Room, Massachusetts. 1768|
|Thorne's Maryland Dining Room. 1770|
|Thorne's Mount Vernon West Parlor, Virginia. 1758|
|Thorne's New Mexico Dining Room. 1940|
|Thorne's New York Parlor. 1850-70|
|Thorne's Oak Hill Bedroom, Massachusetts. 1801|
|Thorne's Pierce Mansion Entrance Hall, New Hampshire. 1799|
|Thorne's Shaker Community House Living Room. 1800|
|Thorne's The Hermitage Tennessee Entrance Hall. 1835|
|Thorne's Virginia Kitchen 18th Century.|
|Thorne's Wentworth Gardner House Dining Room, New Hampshire. 1760|
View all 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms.
ADDITIONAL READING: The Art Institute of Chicago Building Contract and Completion Details from 1892.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.