The KSB Miniatures Collection includes several exclusive exhibits that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. Many are completely decorated houses filled with period-specific furnishings, art works, functional items, and one-of-a-kind fine art miniatures that are exact replicas of the rare originals. Exhibits change four times a year to coincide with the seasons and holidays. The exhibits below are a sampling of major pieces in the KSB Miniatures Collection.

Spencer House - Permanent Display

Spencer House
Spencer House by Mulvany & Rogers

Spencer House by Mulvany & Rogers is the 1/12-scale re-creation of the ancestral home of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. Earl John Spencer had the original aristocratic townhome built in London in the mid-1700s for his wife, Georgina, as a tribute to their love and happy marriage. It was conceived as a showcase of classical design with the first floor reflecting Roman style, the middle floor Greek influence, and the top level Italian style.

Spencer House in miniature features eight of the nine state rooms that are open to the public in England. All of the ceilings were hand carved and painted using 180 sheets of gold gilt. The carpets were hand made on real looms and were produced with 1300 knots per square inch. The desk in the Ante Room is an exact replica in 1/12 scale, as are many of the art objects in gold, silver, and porcelain, including the miniature oil paintings.

Click here to see a video on Spencer House.
Kaye’s blog on Spencer House here.

The Russell Theatre - Permanent Display

Russell Theatre interior by Ashby & Jedd

“What the Roxy is to New York, the Russell will be to Maysville.” That is what Colonel J.B. Russell said when he built Maysville’s iconic theater in 1929. It was built in Spanish architectural style with the interior featuring balconies, busts, and ornamental features to create a mood of make-believe and escape. Its design classified it as an atmospheric theater, and today it is one of only a few remaining in the United States.

The Russell Theatre made national headlines in 1953 when Maysville’s own Rosemary Clooney chose the Russell to premiere her first movie, The Stars Are Singing. Clooney chose to sit with her best friend from childhood who was African-American, even though the theater was segregated. The theatre in miniature was created by Ashby & Jedd to appear as it did during that time. The exterior of the miniature Russell Theatre, composed of 11,000 hand cut bricks, was completed in 2009. Its interior debuted in 2014. It is one of three 1/12-scale re-creations of historic buildings in Maysville.



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KSB Miniatures Collection at The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
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