Southwest Church Scale Models By Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson has been making detailed small models of southwest churches since 1981. These models have just become better and more detailed as the years passed. Carolyn now makes over fifty different churches and continues to make new ones from time to time. Her church models can hang as a Christmas ornament or they can sit on a shelf. Carolyn began selling her work to Susan’s Christmas Shop in 1991. There are two wooden shelves on the south adobe wall of my shop, by the front door. Each shelf has dozens of small square openings, each opening the right size to hold a church model. On the bottom of each church model is a paper with information about that church. Most of the churches are located in New Mexico, but a few are in what is now Texas. The most popular church models are the ones shown here: the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, and the Santuario de Chimayo, a beloved pilgrim’s destination on the High Road to Taos.

A typical church model is two inches tall. Find them all here!

4 Replies to “Southwest Church Scale Models By Carolyn Johnson”

  1. Please let me know when you get more churches from C Johnson.
    I guess a lot of people are putting together collections of her churches. I started collecting her churches back in the 1990s and would like more. Thanks. Majel Powell

    1. Thanks, Majel! Carolyn Johnson has been making her detailed church models so long that she calls her early work her “Folk Art” style. I’d love to help you add to your collection. We will get a new supply of churches tonight. If we have enough to spare, they will appear on my shop website.
      Merry Christmas! Susan Weber of Susan’s Christmas Shop

    2. I have a group of these that I do not want. I was searching on google to see where they came from and who might want them. I wanted to give them to someone who wants them rather than Goodwill. I can send a picture. I live in Albuquerque.

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