Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Art & Antiques Features a Building Collector

Secretly spiriting souvenirs into his home under the cover of darkness, Ken's collecting obsession may be all too familiar. I'm sure many souvenir building collectors can relate to Ken's story. Building Collector reader Joe K. sent me this tip about a story from Art & Antiques magazine entitled Master of Miniatures by writer David Lansing. Entertainment Executive Ken Williams' collection has grown well over a thousand miniature buildings at his Los Angels home, “It was like having rabbits in the house,” says his wife, Jann. Together, they remodeled their L.A. home and created display area and a museum for the collection. Ken's favorites include a 19th-century commemorative campanile of the Florence Duom and a rare 19th-century two-foot-high Nelson’s Column from London's Trafalgar Square. He describes it as an “absolutely stunning gilded bronze.”

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