What Look Like Real Historic Rooms Are Actually Something Different


Looking at these photos, you'd think you were seeing rooms from genuine historic homes, but they're actually amazing recreations. In fact, 68 of these rooms are housed in the Art Institute in Chicago. No, it's not an incredibly large museum; these rooms are amazingly detailed miniatures. Known as the Thorne Rooms, these stunning works of art were crafted by Narcissa Niblack Thorne in the early part of the 20th century. These rooms are completely to scale and show outstanding attention to detail, so just by looking at photos of them, you'd never guess they were miniature versions. Take a look at just a handful of Thorne's gorgeous creations.


This is a model of a Virginia drawing room, circa 1754.


This room is a recreation of a Virginia dining room, circa 1800.


This gorgeous entrance hall is modeled on Tennessee fashion, circa 1835.

Look at this Rhode Island parlor, circa 1820.


This model is based on a Pennsylvania drawing room, circa 1834 to 1836.

Check out the gorgeous wallpaper in this New York Parlor, circa 1850 to 1870.


This quaint miniature is based on a New Mexico dining room, circa 1940.


This is what a New England bedroom, circa 1750 to 1850, would have looked like.


This Maryland dining room, circa 1770 to 1774, is just beautiful.

This model recreates a German sitting room, circa 1815 to 1850.


This amazing room is a French boudoir of the Louis XV period, circa 1740 to 1760.

Check out this gorgeous late Tudor period. English great room, circa 1550 to 1603.


This adorable Cape Cod living room is circa 1750 to 1850.

What do you think of these miniatures? We know for certain that we wouldn't have the skill or attention span to recreate these rooms in such painstaking detail. 


Take a look at this video to see the rooms in their museum setting and get a better idea of their actual size.