The Camarillo Ranch House, also known as Rancho Calleguas and Adolfo Camarillo House, is a Queen Anne-style Victorian house in Camarillo, California. Built in 1892, the 6,000-square-foot house was designed by architects Herman Anlauf and Franklin Ward. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The house is currently operated by the Rancho Camarillo Foundation as a museum, and is open to the public for docent-led tours.

This model exhibit resides inside the house, and helps to orient visitors to the property, as well as show them what it looked like in the 1920’s. Over 250 hours went into the design and building of this 1:160 scale model. I spent close to a year working on it. The model base measures approximately 3′-6″ by 5′. Each building was drafted using CAD software from measurements made on site or from historical photographs. The buildings were constructed using laser cutting and etching on 1/8th inch thick sheet acrylic, then assembled by hand, painted and weathered to look like the real thing. Several of the buildings also feature LED lighting with adjustable dimmer controls. Most of the 140 trees were also scratch-built.

Project Credits: James Freed: design, model construction, painting, detailing, trees and model base sculpting and finishing, LED lighting installation. Ryan Henderson: CAD drafting and some model construction. Bill Stockton: Custom wood trim for model base. 

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