Friday, January 25, 2013

The Beautiful Behemoth

Back in November, Brae (Otterine) posted on her blog that there was a Citadel dollhouse kit originally from Lolly's in the Chicago area for sale on Ebay.  Of course, I had to check it out.  It was an unused complete kit still in the box.  I thought about it....for about 3 minutes and clicked on that crazy "buy it now" button.  Seriously, I had a huge smile on my face and giggled.

Several years ago before kids, I was in sales and would regularly go to Chicago for my job.  Of course, whenever I was in the area I would hunt down dollhouse shops.  Lolly's was one of my favorites.  Every time I went in there, I saw the Citadel house gleaming with all of it's glory.  It had a hefty price tag (around $900 as I recall) and at the time, I don't think they were selling the house in kit form.  Needless to say, I looked at it longingly. 

Here are some pics of the Citadel I found from Lolly's. 

After I had gotten back into miniatures, I saw the Call-Small's adventures on procuring her Citadel house.  She drove a long way to Chicago to pick hers up.  So, when I saw this one on Ebay for a buy it now price and free shipping, I HAD to jump on it.  It was a now or never situation.

I, like many of us have a tendancy to buy great miniatures and do nothing with them for awhile.  I got the house in November and just started on it last week. I've been a little busy, what can I say?

Anyway, along with the kit the seller sent me this awesome deck and hut tub kit which was a really nice surprise.
I took pics of the other two boxes when they arrived, but I can't find them.

I have had a couple of blog friends ask me about it which gave me a kick in the pants to start building it.

 Yes, that is an air compressor you see in the background.  I used it to nail this sucker together as I glued it.  I like power tools!

It's so big that I had to put it on the floor to build it.

Here is where I am at now.  I have the primary structure finished.
There is a yard stick leaning against it to show that it is nearly 3 feet tall and almost as wide.

I realized after it was put together, (glued and nailed) that I put the second floor in backwards and that one of the dividing walls was crooked.  Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do because the wood glue was already dry and the nails wouldn't allow me to knock anything free with a hammer.  This sucker is solid! I can disguise the floor part though.

Note to self, do not try to build a dollhouse all at once. It's all good though, I can live with it and nobody will notice...unless you are reading this.

  I'm considering a slight modification...

 Here it is with the curved tower, which is what came with the kit.
I'm toying with the idea of using two doors in the center and making the rest of the "tower" glass.

Any thoughts?

This has always been my all-time favorite dollhouse.  I have seen some amazing ones, but this one makes me drool.  I can't tell you how happy ecstatic I am that I am the proud owner.  I can't wait to do some more work on it!

Thank You, Brae!!!
If you hadn't posted it on your fantastic blog, I would have missed out!


  1. What a great find and nice surprise for the seller to give you the deck!!!

    I like your idea with the glass.

  2. What a great find and the perfect person to get it. I can't wait to see what you do with this kit. Seems the design modifications have already begun, even if by accident. :-)

  3. I really look forward to seeing what you do with the house. Could you post a floor plan?

    1. I'll see what I can do. Call-Small has a Citadel too, you can check hers out also.

  4. Good Luck to you with your work. It is a very nice and special house. Looking forward to see what you will do with the house
    Greetings from Lil in Sweden

  5. super jealous! That's cool that you got a fresh kit--and the deck kit is great! a glass tower would be cool. I will be watching...

  6. Oh, that deck is awesome!!! I'm so glad you're starting on it. :D

  7. You lucky bastard you! Ha-ha I’m so jealous I want that house to but unfortunately people don’t ship them to Holland often!
    Yes yes yes ! to the glass that was my idea when i saw the house the first time too! The glass would definitely makes it more modern chic.

  8. Thanks so much for posting!!! It is so cool to see it from a fresh kit. My Citadel does not have the curved tower, just a glass fronted rectangular one. It's cool to see the what came with it originally. What is it made of? Can't wait to see more posts!!!

    1. The curved tower appears to be made of grey PVC pipe.

  9. It's a fantastic modern house. Have fun!
    Bye Faby

  10. wow. what a great drooling over it

  11. Cyd that is awesome!!! I came across one last year in the Orlando area, but couldn't figure out how to go and get it.... It was only $100 and I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeallly wanted it, but would've had nowhere to put it. Now, of course, I have that giant room... Congrats on your awesome house!!! Wonky wall and all. :D

  12. I wrote you this really great comment, considering how my day(s) is going...and I think blogger ate it. :/

    Love this house!

  13. Love this house too! Big and beautiful! I know you will have tons of fun working on it. :D

  14. I too have a Citadel that was acquired from Lolly's and was already put together (great because I would not have done so). It too came with the gray tower which I am going to replace. Tap Plastics cannot create the curved tower (it is PVC pipe) so I am thinking clear flat Plexiglas. Have a tall hanging light fixture from Elf Miniatures that I plan to use in the hall. Your deck is fantastic. Will watch for more pictures of your project. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Mini2b, I would love to see your Citadel! You could go to Home Depot and buy a piece of PVC pipe to replace the tower, that is if you want a tower. As I'm putting mine together, I'm finding that I will have to reconfigure the stairs to accommodate not having the tower.