Holly Recommends…

Escape from Thorne Mansion

A friend of mine, knowing I love miniatures, recently sent me a link to a game. The object? Escape from the Thorne Mansion, an elaborately decorated, miniature world. If you have never been to the Art Institute of Chicago and visited their extensive display of miniature rooms, you are missing out.

“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 constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.”

— The Art Institute of Chicago

Try it for yourself!


Photo courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Photo courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

This entry was published on December 25, 2011 at 9:01 am. It’s filed under Art, HGTV I'm a Giant Challenge, Miniatures, Websites and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Escape from Thorne Mansion

  1. Very Cool!


  2. Reblogged this on flipthis(mini)house and commented:

    Favorites from the Past…
    Before I began Flip This (Mini) House, I’d occasionally post about miniatures on my other blog Holly Recommends. A new feature here on Flip This (Mini) House is the refeaturing of some of these articles. Here is one from 2011 about Thorne Mansion.


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