Altes Haus Dollhouse

How I Came to Spend Fifteen Years Building a Model Inn


Leslie Evans

While we still lived in Mar Vista in the late 1980s I became interested in dollhouse miniatures. There was a small museum of old dollhouses in a Victorian house called Angel's Attic in Santa Monica , near the ocean. I went there, and then to a few miniature shows, where scores of exhibitors presented their crafts. These ranged from silly, frilly concoctions meant for a young girl's bedroom to some serious scale modelers who did amazingly precise tiny furniture and room boxes.

I subscribed to a magazine called Nutshell News, and began to study the various techniques needed to do this work: scale carpentry, faux finishes and artificial ageing, dollhouse electrification. Looking at dozens of actual dollhouses and hundreds of photos of others, I began to plan what I wanted to do. Dollhouse scale is 1/12 or one inch to the foot. That's pretty large but has the advantage that there are many hundreds of craftspeople in Europe and America who make period furniture, clothing, working light fixtures, dishes, and uncountable other objects in that scale. I decided I didn't like open backed dollhouses, which are pretty much the standard. You took one quick look and you had seen it all. My dollhouse would be closed, with little hinged panels in the outer walls to make the viewer have to look separately into each room.

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"Miniature Collector" Features the Altes Haus Dollhouse


Leslie Evans' Altes Haus

By Karin Corbin
From: Miniature Collector, March 2007
Altes Hause, Bacharach (left), Leslie's dollhouse (right)

Take an adventure in multiple dimensions, travel through space and time. Your journey will take years and your mission will be to create an object of such powerful magical properties that it can transport viewers into the past, into dimensions of altered size and can transform imagination into 3D reality. Few persons are up to such an arduous challenge, but Leslie Evans of Los Angeles, California, is one who was.

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After Hours - The Miniaturist

UCLA Today, January 19, 2005

By Wendy Soderburg

Photos by Reed Hutchinson UCLA Photographic Services

Leslie Evans, Web site and publications manager for the International Institute, threw an open house so friends and colleagues could see his completed German dollhouse. It has five fireplaces, including the one in the library (below).


Welcome to a new series about UCLA faculty and staff who balance their work lives with fascinating, all consuming hobbies. This second installment features Leslie Evans, who spent the last 15 years creating an intricately detailed German dollhouse, complete with tiled kitchen, stained glass window, shingled roof and its own music system.

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