Fun Facts

Astolat Dollhouse Castle Fun Facts

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  • Astolat Dollhouse weighs between 815 and 890 pounds based on the furnishings chosen to be displayed inside.
  • Astolat was envisioned and engineered by master miniaturist Elaine Diehl over a two year period. Most of her designs were committed to memory. It then took 12 more years to construct with help from specialists from around the world.
  • It takes 2 days and 12 people to dismantle Astolat Dollhouse Castle and 2 days and 12 people to put it back together.
  • There are many thousands of objects in storage at any one time than what is displayed in the Castle at anyone time.
  • During the previous 20 years Astolat Castle has continually been upgraded and new items are always being purchased and commissioned to the highest quality possible.
  • High quality, very small miniatures that replicate full size objects are often easier for your brain to envision. This is because your eyes are often further apart than the miniature being viewed, allowing simultaneous viewing of 3 sides at the same time – called 3D stereotype or stereoscopy.
  • Rarely displayed within the walls of the few museum quality dollhouses of the world are dolls! Any replication of people would give away the superb accuracy of the miniatures.
  • More than 85% of girls in the United States have had a dollhouse at some point in their lives.
  • Before mass production fathers could spend up to a year hand-crafting dollhouses for their daughters. Some of these can be very valuable but most have not survived as they tended to disintegrate quickly.
  • Of the hand full of museum quality dollhouses in the world of this magnitude and value, only Astolat is privately owned.
  • Astolat's inventory of items well exceeds the number of items that are displayed at any one time within the structure. Items are rotated.

  • Many top quality miniatures and furniture often are more expensive to buy or create than their full size counterparts.

Once all the interior pieces were carefully removed, the dismantling can begin.

Here it is in time lapse lasting 30 seconds.