Callisto was planned as a formal library, with future 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, Mark 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 in the night sky, it was amazing to see that Jupiter is still faintly visible to the naked eye, even without the telescope. Callisto is one of the four largest Jovian moons. Mark named this 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 the talented 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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