Friday, December 9, 2016

Losing Wightwick Manor

 Norm's Dollhouse, my local dollhouse shop and a huge part of my miniatures history, is closing March of next year.

This is heartbreaking all on its own, but honestly it's about time they got to retire and move on and do other things with their lives. It's been almost 40 years they've been doing this. I understand, and I'm happy for them.


... their closing also means that Wightwick Manor is leaving to a new home.

And no matter where it goes, it will be a new home away from me. It will be a new home where I will never be able to play in this house again.

This hurts my heart.

My Miranda was the first doll to EVER set foot in Wightwick Manor. Ever. And that is special to me.

My dolls had picnics there.

And Halloween parties.

One of my dolls even fell in love with the ghost who lived in Wightwick Manor.

 There was a Christmas party too.

There was a movie crew that used Wightwick for part of a film they were making, which was very exciting (even if they scared the ghost a whole lot).

I have loved that house, and now, it will be gone forever.

There is a possibility that it will end up in the local dollhouse museum, which doesn't sound like a bad fate for a dollhouse, I know.

They already have a dollhouse built by Norm Nielsen Sr - Kingscoate. And they have completely, and irreparably damaged it. I don't know what happened, I can't even imagine, but the last time I was there, the wiring was hanging out of it like spaghetti. It is so gutted, it would take tearing into the walls to fix the wires now. It broke my heart to see it, and I am absolutely terrified that they will do the same to Wightwick if it ends up with them.

But what can I do? They're asking $10,000 for it... which is a STEAL but far more than I have (that's more than my car cost!). And if I DID come up with the money, where on Earth would I KEEP it? Part of its charm is that it is HUGE and I have no room.

I am trying very hard to come to terms with the fact that I cannot save the Manor, but it isn't going well.

I have fantasies about doing a GoFundMe to put together the money to buy it. Maybe put it in a big storage unit where I could photograph it. Write a book in it so ultimately it paid for itself.

That would make it an investment, right? "It's not a play toy! It's a photography prop for this book I've been wanting to write forever!" That would make it okay, right? Right?

My loved ones would think I'd lost my mind.

Maybe I have. It is such a magnificent house, its beauty might have made me crazy.

But it is all fantasy. I can not save it.

 And it is breaking my heart.

If you have $10,000 laying around, please rescue Wightwick Manor and let me know that it's got a great new home.

If, like me, you do not have $10,000 for a dollhouse at the moment, if you're near Norm's Dollhouse between now and March, you should stop in and take one last look at the Manor. It is a breathtaking house and very inspirational for any dollhouse builder. Hand cut wood floors; handmade light fixtures; the building is all from scratch.

See it before it's gone - I promise you, there isn't another house in the world quite like it.

I am going to miss it so much. Farewell, Wightwick Manor. It has been amazing to know you. :) 
- Wendy 



  1. WOW. What an awesome farewell tribute to Wightwick sweetheart. I know the Manor means the world to you. I wish as you do that it would go to a good home. Just remember all the good times and happiness it brought to our may visitors.

  2. It must be very sad to lose such a beautiful dollhouse that you could play with, even if you didn't own it. Maybe you can put a call out somewhere to find another dollhouse museum that would appreciate its true worth? At least it would be well taken care of.

  3. Reading this post made me so sad. It's hard to lose something that has been a part of you for so long. I hope, somehow this dollhouse finds it's way back to you as you truly seem to have a strong love and appreciation for it. I wish I had had a chance to see it in person! What a gorgeous piece of art.

  4. Hi Wendy,
    Oh no!!!!! I really hate to hear about dollhouse shops closing down, but I understand that after forty years the owners need to retire.
    Worst of all, that exquisite dollhouse, Wightwick Manor, will not be on display. It is really a masterpiece!
    I would love to own it as well, but like you, I don't have the money nor the space.
    You have made so many memories with that house. Thank you for posting all the great photos and stories on your blog. That is the only way I ever heard about this house or had the chance to see it.
    I hope it finds a great home.

  5. I just read this post and I want you to own the Manor!I feel your pain! I wish i lived close enough to go see it,but alas,Ohio is WAY too far away!If nobody can afford to buy it they should have a raffle for it! You could buy lots of tickets!