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.
The dark green pieces match a wash stand and chest I already had (new ones on the right, old ones on the left).
And the table and corner cabinet match another chest I had.
The fact that they match isn’t a huge coincidence, since these were common designs for Bauder-Pine’s finished furniture. Cathy Miller, the current owner, told me that these were meant to be display pieces, so stores could show what the Cassidy Creations kits would look like when they were built, but a lot of stores also offered the finished pieces for sale.
Ironically, I’m not sure if all of these pieces will find a home in my Mansard Victorian. I’m thinking of a blue/pastel color scheme and the dark green might not go. We’ll see. I’m happy to have them either way.
Last but not least, I recently cross stitched this little Petite Fleur rug for the Mansard Victorian. It’s about 2 5/8″ x 3 2/3″ on 28-count evenweave.
The rug was designed by Clarice Elder and published by June Grigg, but the kit was distributed through a partnership with Bauder-Pine. This kit only included materials for the rug, but some others came with Cassidy Creations furniture kits to use with the finished cross stitch. I have a few bedspread + bed kits in my stash.