Wintertime dollhouse on display at Mary's Woods
Jack McNally wanted to give his daughters the best dollhouse, so he decided to build it with his own two hands.
"They approached me one day when they were 10 years old and told me the girls in their class had dollhouses, and they wanted to know if they could have one," McNally said.
But he noticed the store-bought dollhouse kits were "expensive" and "flimsy." That's when he decided to create his own dollhouse for his kids 45 years ago. And his two daughters still decorate the house every year for the holidays at Mary's Woods senior living community, where McNally resides.
During McNally's professional career, he worked in sales and marketing for companies in logging and mining operations, as well as on large construction projects.
At home, he had tools lying around and said he was often the "Mr. Fix It" around the house.
McNally built the dollhouse from an old storage cabinet he had in his garage. It took him roughly eight weekends to finish it and from that point on, his daughters have been furnishing it. McNally said his children initially spent their babysitting money to furnish the home with animal characters dressed as humans, furniture and household items, among other items.
The house is 30 inches high, 3 feet wide, 2 feet deep "and weighs a ton," he said. "It's quite elaborate."
At two stories, it includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, country store and ice cream parlor. Inside there are rugs, floor tiles, window curtains and photographs on the walls. During Christmas time, his daughters decorate the outside of the house with trees with lights, an ice rink and material that resembles snow.
They've set it up for Christmas and Easter for the last four years at Mary's Woods.
"Unfortunately, with COVID restrictions, we used to have the residents … bring their grandchildren over to see the dollhouse, but we can't do that now," McNally said. "It's fun to see them (his daughters) enjoy it themselves and also they like to set it up so other people can enjoy it."
The dollhouse will be up at Mary's Woods until the middle of January.
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