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A 1:12 Mansard Victorian, and new (to me) Bauder-Pine furniture

When I was working on my big post about Bauder Pine, I chatted with a woman named Ginger who said she had the same Mansard Victorian house as me, but hers is 1:12 scale. She told me Frank Moroz, who was Pat Bauder’s partner at Bauder-Pine, built it for her in the seventies. She had trouble emailing me photos so I didn’t mention it in the post.

A few weeks ago I was browsing Philadelphia Craigslist because I like to torture myself by looking at ads for dollhouses too far away for me to actually buy for no good reason and I stumbled across a familiar-looking dollhouse. Lo and behold, it’s Ginger’s Mansard Victorian! She’s trying to sell it and her son posted it on Craigslist for her. I reached out again, and Ginger gave me permission to post the photos here.

This house is very similar to mine, except the wing on the left doesn’t have bay windows, and the porch has angled corners (which I actually like better than the square corners on mine). It also has the cupola, which is missing from my house but can be seen on Phyillis Tucker’s Mansard Victorian featured in the September 1986 issue of Nutshell News.

The left side dormer is a door rather than a window, leading onto the rooftop deck.

Another difference is that the wings on my house have doors on the ground floor, but in Ginger’s house these are double windows. Hers has a door on the second floor of the main house that leads out to the balcony above the porch.

The house is electrified, and it looks to be nicely finished inside and out.

This was Bauder-Pine’s flagship house in half scale, but this is the only 1:12 version that I know of. The dimensions are 66” wide x 48” tall x 24” deep. As I mentioned in my other post, Frank modeled it after the house across the street from Pat Bauder’s house in Langhorne, PA.

The Craigslist ad has been taken down, but as of right now the house is still available. If anyone reading this is in the Philadelphia area and interested in buying it, contact me and I can put you in touch with Ginger and her son.

Speaking of the Mansard Victorian, I got a sidetracked by the Craftsman bungalow, but I am planning to dive in soon. I’m planning to furnish it with as much Bauder-Pine and Cassidy Creations furniture as possible, so I was psyched when this grouping of Bauder-Pine furniture turned up on eBay. I paid $100 for the lot.

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Craftsman bungalow – right window paneling & stained glass cabinet

I can’t remember where or when I got this Mission-style thingie. I’m not even sure what it is… probably a 1:12 firescreen? But I’ve had it for a while, and when I started working on the Craftsman bungalow vignette I pulled it out thinking I could do something with it.

I thought about putting a fireplace and built-in cabinets on the side wall, and using the firescreen’s stained glass panels as cabinet doors. But the window placement prevented a fireplace in the middle of the wall, and the spacing wasn’t good for a fireplace with one cabinet next to it. So I paneled the side walls instead.

But I still liked the cabinet idea, and decided to build one into the space next to the front door.

I popped the stained glass out of the firescreen. The stained glass is just paint with no plexiglass behind it, and some of it pulled off when I removed the panels.

In order to build the cabinet to fit between the door and the window, first I needed to put up the window trim. I lay a scrap piece on top of the two headers to make sure they lined up.

Then I built a cabinet to fit inside the space. This is 3/8″ deep and the same height as the rest of the paneling. The top piece doesn’t go back to the wall (because it overlaps the trim), but you can’t see the very back, so I left it that way rather than notching it.

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Craftsman bungalow – paneling around the left window

Now that the windows and door are glued in along the front wall of the bungalow, I can add paneling. (If you need to get caught up, this post shows how I created the paneling for the side walls.)

Because the paneling on this wall is broken up by the window and door trim, I took care of that trim first. I’m using plain 1/4″ x 1/16″ basswood for the trim, with Craftsman style headers that match the front of the house.

When I painted the door frame, I painted the inside edges knowing they would get covered up by trim. The frame isn’t quite flush with the wall, as opposed to the windows, which are flush thanks to the basswood strips I added before gluing them in.

I rectified this by gluing 1/32″ thick basswood in over the green trim. I didn’t have any that was the right width, so I cut these pieces down with a utility knife, and then glued them in with the cut edge facing the wall so the door trim will meet up with a clean edge.

The top of the window is slightly higher than the top of the door. I glued the door’s side trim pieces in first, so I could ensure the bottom of the header lined up with the bottom of the door frame.

I glued in the header next.

And then the window side trim pieces.

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