When the now-classic Cary Grant-Myrna Loy comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House premiered in 1947, it was promoted in a BIG way. They actually built dozens of replicas of Blandings’ dream house across the country so moviegoers could tour them in person, and many of them were raffled off. One that was built in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, is on the market right now, so let’s take a look!
Building a Replica of Blandings’ Dream House
Thousands of people toured the Blandings Dream Homes in the 1940s.
The House Today:
The replica has three dormer windows that the original didn’t, but the rest looks pretty much the same.
The original floor plans their architect “Simms” presented to the Blandings has, he says in the movie, “three family bathrooms and two adjoining baths.” They made a lot of changes as the house was being built that drove the price up, but it’s fun to see what they started with.
Original Floor Plans Shown Onscreen:
The door with shutters and transom window were the same in the movie:
You can see the kitchen straight ahead from the front door:
The real house has 4 bedrooms, 3.2 Baths, and 2,837 square feet.
Mrs. Blandings told her painter she wanted her living room to be green, too.
The extra-wide fireplace in the Ohio version is similar to the one in the film.
The two windows in the room are in the same spot, too.
Dining Room with Fireplace:
It’s fun to see how similar it is to the dining room in the movie, down to the fireplace and louvered door!
Mrs. Blandings said she wanted a white kitchen, “but not a cold, antiseptic, hospital white.”
We don’t see much of it in the movie, but here’s another glimpse off the entry hall:
*Update: a reader sent me these promotional stills taken in the kitchen (thanks Marija!):
Maybe this would’ve been the potting room with the “four little pieces of flagstone” Mrs. Blandings wanted:
The listing says:
Rich details, built-in cabinets, bay windows, polished hardwoods & woodwork set the tone. 5 fireplaces, 3 1/2 tiled baths, sunroom off den, large eat-in kitchen. Huge master with 4 closets, finished 3rd floor plus paneled rec room with bar, A/C, private patio.
This is the only glimpse we get of the back of the house on film:
I bought the DVD and we watch it around the holidays each year (even though it’s not a Christmas movie!).
Did you know it was based on a bestselling book by Eric Hodgins?
In a “meta moment,” we see Cary Grant reading the novel at the end of the movie:
Thanks to Mary for telling me about it! They’re asking $260,000. For more information, visit the listing. To see how the actual house built for the movie in California looks today, check out my original post! 🙂
P.S. Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see more, including Parent Trap:
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