Callisto was planned as a formal library, perhaps with bookcases flanking the fireplaces on both levels; however, the small structure is suitable for other uses such as an art or furnishings gallery, executive office, or social club.
"From the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, I once viewed the enormous planet of Jupiter, and four of its sixteen moons, through the observatory's powerful telescope. In a city where the stars are always shining, although not necessarily overhead, it was amazing to see that Jupiter was actually faintly visible to the naked eye, even without the telescope. Callisto is one of the four largest Jovian moons. I named this new Greek Revival structure to remember that experience."
The exterior of Callisto features a convex portico of columns with Ionic capitals, and welcoming coach lights on the lower level. A unique interior boasts two large rooms with round spaces, including an upstairs gallery open to the room below through a round cutout. Both rooms include fireplaces and are connected by a formal staircase.
Constructed of solid pine with handmade windows and doors, with hand-painted faux stone exterior walls, and gleaming grey marble interior floors reflecting an exquisite silver and crystal chandelier created by Phyllis Tucker. Callisto is elegant and stately, a lovely addition to a collection of fine miniatures.
Original dimensions: 25" wide, 19" deep, 25.5" high; 1:12 scale. Sold.
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