Tiny City, Mighty Craft

It’s a small world after all. John Morris’ homey paper creations agree. See what Chicago architecture looks like on a micro scale.

Bungalows, brick two-flats, Chicago greystones. You may recognize these structural motifs. You may live in one. Thanks to John Morris photographer and blogger, you can make them.

Through Tiny City, he corrals miniature lovers, city inhabitants, and everyone who’s wielded Elmer’s glue under the roof of one to two-inch buildings. His residential interpretations and replicas meet at the corner of iconography and craft.

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Photo: Tiny City

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Photo: Simple Bungalow, Tiny City

Besides showcasing neighborhood design that makes Chicago, well Chicago, the series flips the notion of scale on its facade. While most homes don’t stand taller than half a thumb, the styles they represent carry both historical and architectural weight. His choices mark landmarks of early 19th and 20th-century urban planning and span various living arrangements, classes, creative origins, and materials.

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Some even directly reflect specific addresses like 319 N Sacramento above (photos: Tiny City).


Photo: Red Brick Two-Flat, Tiny City

Said to be partly inspired by The Chicago Model (“largest, most detailed replica of Chicago”), John printed, folded, scored, and stuck his way to Tiny City.


Photo: Chicago Greystone, Tiny City


One of Cicero Hine’s Claremont Cottages, Tiny City

Try your hand at assembling. Interested in custom work? Email the master.

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