Oct. 11, 2014

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. His sixty-four-room mansion, located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York, was built from 1899 to 1902. The mansion was designed by the architectural firm of Babb, Cook & Willard in the solidly comfortable style of a Georgian country house. He lived there until his death in 1919. The building is now the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

According to the Cooper-Hewitt museum, the house is a fascinating study in innovative design. It was the first private residence in the United States to have a structural steel frame and one of the first in New York to have a residential Otis passenger elevator.

In collaboration with 3D Systems, the Cooper Hewitt museum created the high-resolution 3D data of the Carnegie Mansion in June 2014. They first scanned every room inside, the exterior walls outside as well as the roof to create a single model of the mansion. Then engineers imported the data into the computer, and created a mesh. Next step they took hundreds of pictures and mapped those pictures onto the mesh, and created the texture model as below. You can look at it from many direction and it looks just like the real thing.

The Cooper Hewitt museum is now making this 3D data freely available for architects, filmmakers, video game developers, and anyone who works with digital graphics to use this hi-res model in new and creative ways. You can download for free and remix and reuse it for all your creations. The model is licensed under Creative Commons Zero license.

The 3D model comes in two formats:

FBX format file set containing full geometries and color textures including interiors on each floor and full exteriors ready to import into 3D production tools for use in animation, historic re-creations and gaming (324.3mb, zipped).

STL format containing a simple hollow model ready for 3D printing (6.2mb zipped).

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