Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mr. Blandings Dream House Locations

One of my favorite posts ever in this blog is about the 1948 Cary Grant film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

As noted in the post, the producers of the film literally built 73 Blandings homes all across the United States to promote the film.  A great number of these houses still stand.

A reader of this website generously sent me a list of all the Blandings dream homes they have found.  It is very cool to look up the addresses on Google Maps and literally see these nearly forgotten historical relics from Hollywood's Golden Age.  Would movie producers today build more than six dozen homes to promote a film?

When I received this email from my reader, I watched Mr. Blandings again and still love the film.  It is wonderful to know so many others still do as well.

Here is the email received below.  Thanks to Eric for sending it.


I saw your post about "Mr Blanding's Builds His Dream House" and thought I'd send you the list of the houses I have found. Still looking for some. Google street view should find most of the houses but the Baltimore one is off a few blocks so here's that link-https://www.google.com/maps/@39.3842339,-76.6302355,3a,75y,52.99h,92.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCh7Oh3uTkWSHplox92Db_w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1
If you have any info on the missing houses I'd love to have it. Some of the small Midwestern town "Dream Houses" aren't very Dreamy.

I had this posted at the IMDb but they are closing their message boards.
As a publicity gimmick a number of houses (73) were built using the design & plans from the movie, although designs varied greatly. Details about some problems with building the houses here:
The real Blandings house is located at 240 Indian Trail Road in New Milford, Connecticut. The one built for the movie is at 3800 Solstice Canyon Rd in Malibu Creek State Park.
List of houses built
Birmingham (?-built by Jackson Securities & Investment Co.-furnished by Pizitz)
Phoenix (4322 N 16th Av)
Camden (Clifton Heights), Little Rock (?-built by Little Rock Builders-furnished by Gus Blass)
Bakersfield (2500 Beech St), Bel Air (913 Chantilly Road) Cary Grant & Myrna Loy made an appearance at the opening of the Bel Air house, Fresno (244 E Terrace Av), Oakland (11000 Cameron Av) a teardown, Sacramento (2167 Irvin Way), San Diego, San Mateo/San Francisco area (3426 Alameda de las Pulgas "a green and white California version of a Cape Cod cottage," and "is built for 'indoor-outdoor' living")
Bow Mar/Denver area (5200 Lakeshore Dr)
Trumbull (30 Windy Ridge), Hartford (?-built by Joseph A. DePaolo-furnished by Brown Thomson & Co.)
Jacksonville (?-built by Stockton, Whatley & Davin-furnished by Cunningham Furniture)
Atlanta (?-built by B.A, Martin-furnished by Davison-Paxton Co.)
Skokie/Evanston-Chicago area (7 Williamsburg Rd) Evanston zip code & schools but Skokie police and street plowing - locals call it Skevanston
Indianapolis (6416 Dean Rd), Terre Haute (2400 Ohio Blvd) and South Bend (522 N Greenlawn Av)
Des Monies (4921 Woodland Av)
Baltimore (7111 Bellona Av)
Worcester (495 Chandler St), Natick/Boston area (4? MacArthur Rd) Myrna Loy attended the opening of the Natick house, Springfield
Detroit (20000 Whitcomb St), Grand Rapids (1401 Breton Rd SE)
Minneapolis (?-built by L.Z. Carlson Home Building Corp.), St. Paul (2303 Burma Ln)
Chillicothe (1706 Jennings Pl), Joplin (2921 E 14th St), Kansas City (1035 W 65th St), Clayton/St. Louis area (337 N Forsyth)
Omaha (502 N 72nd Av)
New Jersey
New Mexico
Albuquerque (4001 Mesa Verde Av)
New York
Albany (338 S Manning Blvd), Buffalo, Rochester (41 Orchard Park Blvd), Manhattan (5th Av & 48th St) a prefab house that was raffled off and moved, Syracuse, Tarrytown (142 Altamont Av), Utica
North Carolina
Greensboro (3924 Starmount Dr), Rocky Mount (1515 Lafayette Av)
Cleveland, Columbus, Ottawa Hills/Toldeo area (3766 Edgeville Rd)
Oklahoma City (2723 NW 32nd St) Melvyn Douglas visited the Oklahoma City house, Tulsa
Beaverton/Portland area (2715 SW Mayfield Av - NW corner of S.W. Walker Rd and Mayfield Av)
Huntingdon Valley/Philadelphia area (Huntingdon Pike & Dale Road), Philadelphia (This house may have been built in John Wanamaker's Store. Newspaper ads include "Mr. Blanding's Dream House is on the 7th Floor, Central" and "10 room settings"), Mt. Lebanon/Pittsburgh area (410 Salem Dr)
Rhode Island
Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville (4435 E Brookfield Dr)
Amarillo (2813 Parker St), Austin (?), Corpus Christi (?-built by Jack Grant), Dallas (5423 Walnut Hill Lane) Melvyn Douglas made an appearance at the Dallas house - an empty lot in 2015, Fort Worth (3801 Arundel Av), Harlingen (905 E Pierce Av), Houston (3702 Glen Haven Blvd), San Antonio (2505 W Gramercy Pl)
Salt Lake City (2260 E Country Club Dr)
Richmond (?-built by Alfred L. Blake & Sons-furnished by Miller & Rhodes)
Seattle (? -built by First Mortgage Co.-furnished by Bon Marché), Spokane (15 E High Dr)
Washington, D.C. (?-built by W.C. & A.N. Miller Development Corp.-furnished by P.J. Nee)

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