Master of the Craftsmen




House of Democracy

The House of Democracy took a total of 22 months, the equivalent of 5,800 man hours by hand to create.

            This house represents the typical American Dream House found in many rural areas of the United States in the 1920’s and was probably priced around $5,000. It is a renovated three-story Victorian-style home, complete with an elevator, antique furniture, recreation room, etc. All material used in the construction in this home are typical domestic products and are commonly found around the house and our environment. The House of Democracy took a total of 22 months, the equivalent of 5,800 man hours to create. The following list has some of the highlights of construction: 

1.   The fountain which is situated on the front lawn actually works and is made from two plastic orange juice bottles and the cork from an Andre Champagne bottle.

2.   The street light covers were fashioned from a toothbrush casing.

3.   The public street bordering the front of the house is called “Freedom Street” and the two side streets are “Peace Avenue” and “Faith Avenue.”

4.   The map of the United States is embedded in the front yard. This was accomplished by utilizing over 5,000 small white stones.

5.   A piece of broom handle was hand-carved to create the fire hydrant; the mail box was hand-crafted from a piece of Douglas Fir.

6.   The swimming pool was made from the bottom half of a plastic trash container.

7.   The inside of the house is completely lighted, including flood lights surrounding the entire estate were made from cabinet knobs.

8.   The house also has fully-functional swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

9.   The back rest of the bar stools are from the side vents of welders' goggles.

10. The exercise weights are made from jacket buttons.

11. In the interior of the house could be found the smallest drawings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Presidents of the United States John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. These men gave the ultimate sacrifice for democracy; their very lives.

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