Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gottschalk at the Strong Museum - Antique Dollhouse

This gorgeous dollhouse is on display at the Strong Museum in Rochester NY.

They call it the Elevator house. I think it is a Red roof Gottschalk. Dated 1900 with Germany as the country of manufacture this three storey house with attic has a beautiful exterior complete with fence, balconies and bay windows.

We can't see inside the attic, but the other three floors are open for our eager eyes to enjoy.

The centre hall features an elevator which works on a pulley system. Notice that there is no staircase.
The third floor bedroom has Golden Oak Schneegas furniture from Germany. It was made before the first World War. I think the rocking chair is American, possibly Cass Co.
You can see the pulley in the back of the third floor hall.

I love the bathroom wallpaper and tiling. The bathroom fixtures are very modern for the age of the house.

There is more Schneegas golden oak furniture in the second floor bedroom, plus a wire wash stand.

The second floor landing shows the elevator rope

The elegant drawing room is on the second floor. I believe the upholstered furniture is German, and the piano is more Golden Oak Schneegas. I really like the wallpaper and border in this room.

The kitchen also has some great paper tiling. I believe the high chair is Kilgore. Love the stove!

The lower hall has a wonderful light fixture as well as the elevator. The gown on the lady is just beautiful, and I love her hat. The child's outfit is also gorgeous.
The golden oak Schneegas dining room suite looks great in the dining room. Again, I love the wallpaper and border. The light fixture is pretty special too.

Access to the attic is through this small opening at the top of the house.

Another view of the whole house.

Bye for now. I hope you enjoyed the tour.


  1. I love it! So elegant. I saw a German 5 inch servant doll advertised in German and it translated to
    "elevator man or lackey..." He would have fit in perfectly! Somehow I have to get to this Museum. CM

  2. Thank you so much for this post. This is a fantastic dollhouse. I plan to tour it several times through your post because I always notice something I didn't see before. Your blog is so informative and inspiring.

  3. Hello Shale,
    What great pictures. these dollhouses are so unique and have such character and charm. Just ebautiful.
    Big hug,

  4. Wonderful, wonderful and more wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!