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The forth installment of Gerald Parker’s Storybook Land rebuild process is the largest one yet, focusing on one of the largest structures in the attraction – second only to Cinderella’s Castle.  And that is the Tremaine house which sits at the base of the castle and features the tall tower where Cinderella was locked away from going to the ball.

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How the Chateau looks today – version 2.0

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When the Chateau first arrived in the Staff Shop backstage after being crow-barred out of Storybook Land it was in pretty bad shape.

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One whole side of the house had collapsed and was delivered in pieces to the shop.

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Jerry Parker attempts to reassemble the chunks of Tremaine house so that accurate measurements could be made.

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No Prince Charming will be walking up these steps with a glass slipper any time soon.

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Even the windows had been completely covered up by years of repainting and quick fixes.

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Jerry with the framed out replacement constructed out of redwood sitting in front of the original house.

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Now clad in grey fiberglass board and the interior lighten installed.

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In order to create the stonework around the tower, a paper template is first wrapped around the surface.

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The template is then removed, giving them a guide for the stonework.

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The template can then be used as a cookie cutter on a sheet of resin cast stonework that will be pulled from the blue silicone mold.

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Side by side comparison of the two Tremaine houses.

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All the detail work that had to be remade for just the Tremaine house sits infront of Jerry.

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A single window with copper leading soldered over top held up by Will Graham.

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All the detail now applied to the exterior, with the copper widow’s walk and finials now being added.

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Graham and Parker adding in more details to the roof lines.

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Another miraculous save by Will Graham and Gerald Parker!

 

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Jerry adds the new front steps to the Chateau. Now Prince Charming will have no trouble at all navigating those steps!

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Now fully painted and ready to be installed, Jerry says goodbye to the Tremaine house.

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A rare downward shot of the chateau showing of just how truly enormous this building is!

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