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Jim Thompson House, exterior view | by shankar s.
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Jim Thompson House, exterior view

Here is a far view of the Jim Thompson house, taken from a corner in his garden. In 1958, Jim Thompson began the construction of a new home to showcase his objets d'art. Using parts of old up-country houses – some as old as a hundred years – he succeeded in constructing a masterpiece which involved the reassembling of six Thai dwellings. Most of the units were dismantled and moved from Ayutthaya, but the largest – a weaver's house (now the living room) – came from Bangkrua. In his quest for authenticity, he saw to it that some of the structures were elevated a full floor above the ground. During the construction stage, he added his own touches to the buildings by positioning, for instance, a central staircase indoors rather than having it outside. After the house was complete, he filled his home with the items he had collected in the past. (Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 2008)

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Taken in October 2008