Mr. Blandings’ Dream House, 1948

To promote the 1948 Cary Grant and Myrna Loy movie “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House,” the studio built “dream houses” in various cities around the country. The Portland-area house was built in the Cedar Hills area of Beaverton. As well as a promotional device, it was built using the latest post-war materials and technology but with a traditional design and decor. It’s still a lovely estate on the northwest corner of SW Walker Road and Mayfield Avenue. Read the feature article in The Oregonian, November 6, 1948.

(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

13 thoughts on “Mr. Blandings’ Dream House, 1948

  1. How cool is this! Click here. You’ll be glad you’ve clicked on the link because you’ll find out how to get a chance to see “Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House” at the Hollywood Theatre.

  2. How cool is that! Thanks Dan. And thanks Dave for the Google link. It seems the Mr. Blanding’s Portland house has been preserved nicely. One of my favorite vintage movies. Thanks Lynette for the link to the benefit showing at the Hollywood Theater. I’ll have to check it out. I hear the Hollywood has new seats installed…

  3. Dave, you should have been a high school librarian like I used to be, then you could have found the house by using the names of the cross streets and Beaverton Oregon at Google Maps and found it in about two minutes. Just something I got good at in dealing with those students who always knew more about computers and searching than I did, those great ones willing to teach an ol’ lady a thing or two!

  4. My sister lived here for a bout 10 years. She moved about 5 years ago (I think). Ironically, she worked for Meier and Frank until they were sold to Macy’s and closed their executive offices in the downtown store.

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