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 of those replicas that was built in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, is on the market right now, so let’s see how it has changed over the years!
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Building a Replica of Blandings’ Dream House
Thousands of people toured the Blandings Dream Homes in the 1940s.
The “Blandings” Replica 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.
Mrs. Blandings said she wanted a white kitchen, “but not a cold, antiseptic, hospital white.”
A reader sent me this promotional still taken in the kitchen (thanks Marija!):
I bought the DVD (Amazon affiliate link) because it’s one of those movies I watch again every year.
Did you know it was based on a bestselling book by Eric Hodgins? (affiliate link)
In a “meta moment,” we see Cary Grant reading the novel at the end of the movie (affiliate link):
The listing for the Blandings replica 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.
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!
Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see the others I’ve featured, listed A-Z.