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This dollhouse originally belonged to Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, best known for designing the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner. His granddaughters Gertrude, Frances, and Katharine shared afternoons playing with the dollhouse at their home at 154 Brattle Street in Cambridge.
Since, this charming dollhouse has been passed down within the family and enjoyed by countless cousins and grandchildren. Today, Julia still plays with her great great great grandfather’s cherished dollhouse.
The restoration of this dollhouse included both structural and cosmetic work to ensure that it will be enjoyed for generations to come. Trefler’s Decorative Arts department filled missing chips and holes, secured and stabilized chimneys and fixed the hinged roof.
Because of the age of this piece, there was lead paint which required sealing to make this safe for play, especially for the little ones. The roof was filled and fauxed and primed with primer and then sealed to encase the lead paint, as was the exterior paint.
Some cosmetic restoration work was required, including touchups where paint had worn away over the years. This tiny home was updated by removing old wallpaper and giving a fresh coat of paint inside and out.