Paper Dandy's Horrorgami
Ever wondered where the archetypal image of a haunted house came from? The houses in Psycho, The Munsters, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, to name but a few, are all built in the style of Second Empire architecture, the period of rule under Napoleon III (1852–70). Tall mansard roofs stand almost vertical and are covered with rounded slate tiles interrupted by small dormer windows. The upper
part, often almost invisible from the ground, is either flat or very slightly sloping. Wrought-iron cresting decorates the perimeter of the upper part of the roof. Elaborate bracketed cornices support a large cantilevered roof edge and tall windows with decorative moulding punctuate the horizontal lines of wood cladding. Arguably the most iconic feature – certainly in horror terms – is a tall, square tower either centrally placed or on the corner of the house. A raised platform covered by a shallow porch leads the way to
a forbidding entranceway.
The style soon became a global trend, making its way
to America during the late nineteenth century, and was adapted into less elaborate, but nonetheless lavish, domestic properties. After the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression, many once-beautiful homes built during times of opulence were left abandoned. They became
a symbol of depression and despair – actual ghost towns and thus the haunted house was born.
This is a fairly easy horrorgami but the spaces in the railings will be a little laborious. You’ll notice that there is a neat floating ghost in the porch. Take care you don’t cut the small section that connects its head to the wall above. If you feel this is too advanced, it’s fine to cut him off, the model will still look great – haunted or not.
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Begin creasing the mountain folds of the platform the house sits on. Hold the model in one hand and push the crease with the forefinger of the other hand. Flip the paper over again and use the same technique to fold the valley fold that forms the base of the same platform. Once you’ve done these, you can use a springing technique to fold the small set of steps.
There are a couple of valley folds (A) that require specific attention. Once you’ve started all of the other folds this area will naturally head the way you want it. Just guide them into place as you fold it flat. Before you completely flatten the model to complete all the folds, go back to the top edge of the veranda and house platform and give them the once-over.