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Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« on: February 17, 2017, 08:29:06 AM »
I am looking for information on a house built in the Jacksonville area as part of a promotion for the 1948 Cary Grant & Myrna Loy movie "Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House." 73 house were built across the U.S. This story about the Fort Worth house gives a good overview of the promotion-http://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=8167
This ad from 1948 http://archive.org/stream/showmenstraderev48lewi_0#page/n23/mode/2up shows that the Jacksonville Dream House was built by built by Stockton, Whatley & Davin and furnished by Cunningham Furniture. I'm researching these houses and have located quite a few of them but I've hit a dead end on the Florida house. I emailed the Jacksonville Historical Society some time back but never got a reply. Any help any local historians can provide would be greatly appreciated. This site has posted my list of houses & locations if anyone would like to check it out-http://www.robertabalos.com/2017/02/blanding-house-locations.html. There are some interesting links at the bottom, Thanks.

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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 10:18:31 AM »
That's very disappointing that the Jacksonville Historical Society didn't get back to you. I'm not an expert on jax history so I can't be much help.

1948 though? You might want to contact Old Arlington:
http://myarlington.org/
They do a lot of historic preservation too, and 1948 was when Arlington was ramping up. They might have some info on it, perhaps the house was built there.
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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 10:31:19 AM »
I think SWD developed San Marco, Ponte Vedra, and of course Avondale.
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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 03:50:10 PM »
I looked at the Florida Times Union.  I found a picture advertising the opening on Sunday July 25th, and the film opened in Jax on Thursday, July 29th.  But I didn't see a reference a home being built.  Wonder if it fell through?

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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2017, 08:06:41 AM »
I'll check with neighborhood historical/preservation groups of the areas mentioned. As for the ads in the paper, while researching this I've never seen a movie theatre ad for the film that mentions the local houses being built. Not sure why since the Dream House ads most often have a picture of Cary Grant & Myrna Loy over a picture of the local house. Here a few examples-
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/2656272/ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/31490912/
The ads were usually in the local news or women's pages and surrounded by smaller ads for local businesses that supplied the electrical work, plumbing, furnishings, silver, etc. They usually tried to time the completion of the house to coincide with the movie opening locally. Thanks for the suggestions and information. I appreciate it and if and when I find anything out I'll post it here.

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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2017, 09:32:45 AM »
If they built in anywhere, they should've chosen Blanding Blvd, amiright?
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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 04:34:30 PM »
If they built in anywhere, they should've chosen Blanding Blvd, amiright?
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Thought the same thing but wasn't brave enough to post it

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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2017, 04:46:13 PM »
If they built in anywhere, they should've chosen Blanding Blvd, amiright?
;D

Thought the same thing but wasn't brave enough to post it

Someone had to!
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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2017, 08:49:32 PM »
Interestingly, the Wikipedia page for this movie lists cities where houses were built.  Jacksonville is omitted from this list.

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Re: Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House in Jacksonville 1948
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2017, 07:34:20 AM »
The Wikipedia list is taken from an ad General Electric had in Life Magazine. https://books.google.com/books?id=a0YEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&dq=%22mr+blandings%22+cleveland&source=bl&ots=8DQGcn5YqJ&sig=pQ4bDP2Kxm9CTReB0rMvKzsDEzg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiG7_25u43RAhVFYyYKHeq-C3oQ6AEIRzAJ#v=onepage&q=%22mr%20blandings%22%20cleveland&f=false They supplied the kitchens for most of the Dream Houses, 60 at least, but not all of them. The small town ones didn't always get the G.E. kitchen. I posted a link in my original post to the ad that mentions the other ones and others popped up while I was slogging through newspaper archives. I suppose I should update the Wiki page. As for Blandings Blvd-I did indeed google street view my way up and down that Blvd but didn't find anything. Then again-not all the houses built as part of the promotion look like the one in the movie. The houses built out west or down south are often ranch houses.