In the 1930s, actress Colleen Moore brought her exquisite toy dollhouse to exhibit at the Davidson Department Store in Sioux City, Iowa. Do you have any information about what happened to it?
—Betty Brunken, Le Mars, Iowa
Moore, a fashionable silent-film superstar of the 1920s, had been fascinated by dolls and dollhouses since childhood. In 1928, she tapped the resources of Hollywood professionals and began work on her Colleen Moore Doll House. Seven years later,¬† she had an 81-square-foot fairy castle valued at nearly half a million dollars that contained more than 2,000 miniature treasures. Moore took the fantasy structure on a national tour from 1935 to 1939 and raised more than $650,000 for children’s charities. The dollhouse now belongs to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, where it is known as Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and about 1.5 million people enjoy ogling it annually. Moore worked on the dollhouse until her death in 1988 at the age of 87.