$8.5 Million Dollhouse Amps Up ‘Holiday Under The Stars’

New York, N.Y.  Valued and insured at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s.


On November 12, the unveiling of the “dollhouse” will coincide with Time Warner Center’s lighting of its “Holiday Under the Stars” at 5 p.m., the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color mixing in the world featuring twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room overlooking iconic Central Park.

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Under the massive stars and through tiny doors is the world-famous Astolat Dollhouse Castle, built and furnished by master artisans. It features 29 rooms filled with 10,000 miniature pieces, including elaborate furniture, oil paintings, mirrors, fireplaces, gold miniature jewelry, rare-mini books more than 100 years old, fine rugs, fabrics, and pieces made of and silver and gold.


Of course, like most Manhattan apartments, it has seven levels, stairways, hallways, a basement, a wine cellar, a kitchen and an armory. There are formal rooms, a library, a music room, a grand ballroom and a bar, and that’s before you get to the Wizard’s tower on the top level. Naturally, it’s fully wired and plumbed.


The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on display daily on the second floor Mezzanine through December 8 during retail store hours (check www.theshopsatcolumbuscirlce.com for details).

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Admission to both the Astolat Dollhouse Castle and star viewing is free, courtesy of The Shops at Columbus Circle. Voluntary donations to benefit children’s charities are greatly appreciated given that is the real world mission of the dollhouse and can be made online at www.dollhousecastle.com.

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The renowned miniature artist Elaine Diehl, based in Colorado, designed and built the Castle over a 13-year period in the 1980s. Her inspiration was Elaine of Astolat, the heroine of the Victorian ballad, The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.


Diehl commissioned fine craftsmen carpenters, goldsmiths, glass blowers, and silversmiths from around the world to furnish this incredible structure, the most ambitious project of her career. For more details, photos, and video visit: www.dollhousecastle.com.


The Shops at Columbus Circle, located in Time Warner Center in the heart of Manhattan on Columbus Circle, is one of New York’s most iconic destinations and an urban oasis. It’s the place to dine, shop, live, entertain, work and be entertained. The soaring 2.8 million-square-foot landmark has transformed Columbus Circle into a cultural portal to Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Central Park.


On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 12-4pm, the N.Y. Global Leaders Lions Club will present a special event “Family Day with Photo with a Prince & Princess” to benefit orphans in Indonesia. The cost will be $10/person; $20/family; $35 photo package) @ Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle. Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

Jim & Dollhouse

The curator for the exhibition is Dorothy Twining Globus, a well-respected professional in the museum world for over four decades. Most recently as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design for nine years, she previously served as Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Formerly, she spent twenty years as Curator of Exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

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Her particular interests in design, the decorative arts and craftsmanship are all met in the presentation of the Castle Dollhouse Astolat, a most remarkable milestone in the world of fine scale miniatures. Furthermore, she made dollhouses for herself and her daughter under the watchful eye of her mother, another aficionado in the miniature field.


The Saturday, December 5th event, “Photos with the Prince & Princess,” is produced with support of the J. Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org) to benefit Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) (www.oiww.org).

400-Three copyVisit www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com to learn more and get the full schedule of events and activities throughout the holiday season. Originally published Nov. 12, 2015.

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