|Picture found on internet|
I have talked to people who claim to have seen the real house it's based on.
I have spoken to people who say it's an entirely made up house.
Others have told me that it once WAS a real house, but it's been torn down and doesn't exist NOW.
I have heard tales about the brave ship captain who lived in the house named for him.
I have heard it was a dollhouse created for the wife of a hamburger baron.
I don't think that even Norm, David's father, who finished the exterior of this Joseph Angel house even knew (and he knew a LOT of stuff about dollhouses and stuff!).
He had a friend looking into it, who had homed in on the Pittock House in Portland because it was owned by Joseph Angel at the time, though I can't say I really see the resemblance in that one.
So, I've researched and read and tried to put together all the sources I could find and here's what I've come up with:
There is no ONE house that is the Joseph Angel. And there never was.
The Victorian Times designers made up the house with elements taken from different houses around Oregon, possibly including:
The Poulson House in Portland, Oregon.
The Captain George Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon.
At least those are the most commonly sited inspirational houses, and I think it's pretty easy to see elements of the Joseph Angel in them.
Victorian Times is long gone. They've not been around for ages. I don't know whatever happened to Clell Boyce or Ronald Clanton.
But what I do know: There will be a Rocky Mountain Woodcrafts version of this house. We already do a historical house kit that actually IS a real house - and of course I mean the Lace House, in Blackhawk Colorado.
|Norm Nielsen and a Lace House Dollhouse - May of 1978|
And it will fit right in with the grand dollhouse kits David already makes like the Seaside Villa.
And the House on the Hill
There are so many things that could be done to make the Joseph Angel AMAZING, and a kit (not an assembled shell, as they were originally sold). Things like:
- Hinging that front bay to make those two rooms more accessible
- Making it out of the high quality plywood David uses for all of his other houses.
- Pieces that actually fit together.
- Windows that don't REQUIRE the nearly $700 cast resin set the original house called for.
Oh yes, we're going to make this a kit, and our own. And it's going to be amazing.
But we won't call it the Joseph Angel.
I don't know what we'll call it.
The Oregon Mansion?
The Drama Llama?
Or maybe just the Mystery House?
I dunno. Any thoughts, I would love to hear them. :)
We've started refurbishing the one Norm started, and though it's got some challenges, it really is a beautiful house. It feels so strange to be working on something David's dad originally did. He was the master (and his son has very much followed in his footsteps) Who do I think I AM? Refurbishing the work of someone so talented. It's intimidating and exciting all at once.
I'll keep you updated on the progress here. Slow and steady... and that's just refurbishing the outside!:)