American Folk Art Buildings
architectural imagination and storied places rendered small
Big Will & Big Size & Also 4500 Pieces
C. N. Smith -- with strong commitment and skill -- made this place for his grandson Charles E. Smith JR III in 1908 - 1909. 4500 pieces were required. We know all this because he told us, on both sides of the card below affixed with a little chain to the attic. Also fortunately for us, he firmly impelled that the card was never to be detached from fastening. For 114 years unknown owners have obeyed and in addition maintained the place with apparent love and remarkable care.
Location of making and of Mr. Smith are unknown. On its 24x24" ground, the house is 38" high. Heavy too, as improbably each individual roof tile is cut from metal.
Triggered by a real place down the street or by imagination -- or perhaps by a family house -- Mr. Smith confidently shaped bold presence, two sides unfailingly equal except for a yellow downspout, and some surprising visual frippery. He had ability and also surely an undercurrent
of quirkiness somehow unexpected.
This House Was Built for Charles E. Smith JR III
By his Grandfather C N Smith in years in 1908 - 1909.
Contains about 4500 pieces
Do not take this ?? fastening
never to be detached from fastening C N Smith