‘Dream house’ right in Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Terre Haute has its very own dream house.

The house is one of 76 built across the country in 1948.

It was built to promote the Hollywood classic, Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House.

General Electric partially funded the dream houses.

The homes had futuristic features like automatic dishwashers, intercoms, and electric garage door openers.

Sunday, the Vigo County Historical Society went Hollywood for its first fundraiser of the year, showing a viewing of the movie at the Terre Haute Community Theatre.

There, a topic on everyone’s mind, was Terre Haute’s own dream house.

“It is really wonderful that out of 76 cities across the United States that RKO studios chose Terre Haute to build one of Mr. Blanding’s dream house. And it truly was a dream house,” said Marylee Hagan, Vigo County Historical Society.

Indiana had two other sites for the dream homes, one in indianapolis and a second in south bend.

RKO’s architectural plans had several designs, including ranch-style homes like the one in Terre Haute, to fit different sections of the country.

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