Come and see the replica of the St Louis IX Basilica - popularly known as the Old Cathedral, located at the foot of Walnut Street and Memorial Drive in Gateway Arch National Park.
This replica, with one exception (the statuary) was constructed entirely by hand on a scale of 3/8 inches to a foot Dr. R.P. Wunderlich, incorporating such items as golf tees, hypodermic needles, tongue depressors, wooden applicators, dental burs, antique buttons, pill bottles, Christmas decorations, etc.
The project was started in November 1975 and consumed approximately 3,800 hours of work to complete. It was meant to be a Christmas gift to Dr. Wunderlich's granddaughter.
Limestone : Cardboard, textured with white glue and painted, cut and glued individually. Approximately 24,000 stones represent the same number of rows of stone as on the church itself.
Sandstone : Sandpaper is textured with white glue.
Red Bricks : Cardboard that is painted, but and blued individually. Approximately 8,500 bricks.
Pews : Walnut strips, carved and glued.
Carpeting : Rose velveteen fabric.
Rails : Around the altar and choir loft are tapered dental burs.
Candles : Candles on the main altar and side altars are disposable hypodermic needles.
Main Altar and Organ : Made of mahogany; the pipes are wooden dowels, appropriately finished, and wooden applicators in various sizes.
Ceiling : The fixtures in the ceiling are grommets and copper bands. The trim on the ceiling consists of Christmas ornaments, antique buttons and beads.
Visitors are transported into a world in miniature through the skills of artisans from around the nation, as well as from many remarkably talented local miniaturists. Scales range from 1:6 (for “Barbie” -sized dolls) and 1:12 (“typical” dollhouse where one inch equals 12 inches) to 1:24 (half-inch scale), 1:48 (quarter-inch scale), 1:144 (1/12 of an inch scale — doll house in a doll house) and even micro miniatures!