Robert J. Fivehouse is a retired IT maintenance person and Science & Computer Teacher for the North Haledon School District in New Jersey, where he worked for 35 years, and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Arts. Models have always held a fascination for him and at an early age he began to build his own from scratch. He has built models of every type and era though he prefers steamships of the period from 1880 to 1914. Many of his models are miniature waterline models which show a ship as she would actually look when afloat.
Robert built the ship models in the dioramas for the restorations of both the Ellis Island National Historical Park in New York harbor and Montauk Point Lighthouse on Long Island. He has built two large, full-hulled models of oceanographic research vessels for Columbia University in New York. His models have been exhibited at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News where they won two Awards of Excellence, the Schering Plough Corporation Headquarters in New Jersey, the 50th anniversary exhibition of the Steamship Historical Society at Mystic Seaport and at two special invitational shows at the San Diego Maritime Museum called “The Marvelous World of Miniature Ships” which ran from 2001 to 2002 and again from 2009 to 2010 where he exhibited three models. He has participated in numerous exhibitions at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport since 1990. His models are in a number of private collections including that of the late architect Der Scutt in New York City.