Houses of the Past

Originally Published in 1935

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A cardboard model house of a French merchant
Plate IX — House Models
The House of a Cloth Merchant of Rouen, France at the beginning of the fifteenth century A.D.

THE Museum has prepared a series of accurate scale models of ancient houses suitable for reproduction by students or others who may be interested. Designed by Mr. George B. Roberts from authentic sources, they have been prepared in response to many requests from all over the country. The first of these models, that of a Roman Town House of the beginning of the Christian era, was published in 1933. Now two more are available: the house of an Egyptian nobleman of about 1400 B. C. and the house of a cloth merchant of Rouen, France, at the beginning of the fifteenth century A. D.

The original of the Egyptian house was excavated by recent British and German expeditions at Tell-el-Amarna. It contains seventeen rooms, including the great hall, two loggias, bedrooms, bath, and storerooms. The medieval house was reconstructed from Viollet le Duc’s studies in medieval architecture and from contemporary miniatures. It contains an attic and four rooms: a shop and kitchen on the ground floor, and a living-room and bedroom on the second floor.

Complete sets of materials, together with an historical description and full directions for assembling each house, may be purchased from the Museum. Roofs and walls, with all details of decoration, are printed on large sheets mounted on cardboard, ready to be cut out and colored. Columns and beams and bristol-board furniture and figures are included. The dimensions of the Egyptian house are twenty-two by thirty-one by seven inches; the medieval house measures eight by fifteen by sixteen inches.
Plate IX — House Models
the House of an Egyptian Nobleman of about 1400 B.C.

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"Houses of the Past." Museum Bulletin V, no. 6 (April, 1935): 84-84. Accessed July 23, 2024.

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