WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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Paul Ringstrom
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WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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Walter Burley Griffin's Blythe House in Mason City is going to
be coming on the market soon. This is the house that Dr. Bob McCoy
owns.

Specific details to follow.
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Roderick Grant
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Re: WBG's Blythe House is coming on the market

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Blythe is one of WBG's best houses. The interior is splendid. I visited in 1984 on a house tour during a Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting in Minneapolis. Although the bus tour to Mason City and back - by way of Winona, Rochester and Owatonna - took place on May 1 and 2, the trip took off with -6 degree wind chill and a snow storm. The weather was more felicitous when FLWBC returned some time in the 90s. I hope the house finds a new owner as dedicated to stewardship as the McCoys have been.

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Re: WBG's Blythe House is coming on the market

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If Dixie Legler can claim that there is a pre-Columbian precedent for the bow-tie shapes found on the exterior of the Blythe residence, I guess I can without shame point to Secessionist influence in Mahony's fireplace front. Is either of us correct ?

Three photos by Christian Korab, from Legler's 1999 "Prairie Style," pp 176-77):


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Man of Few Words Dept . . .

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Re: WBG's Blythe House is coming on the market

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"Off market"
That didn't take long.
Paul, do you know anything about this sale?

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Re: WBG's Blythe House is coming on the market

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Roderick,
The Realtor.com listing is marked OFF MARKET because the house has not yet been placed ON THE MARKET, not because it was sold.
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Re: WBG's Blythe House is coming on the market

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REALTOR LISTING - ON THE MARKET

$475K

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandho ... 7241066202
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Re: WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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Which would you prefer:
1) The Blythe House in Mason City, with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 4394 sf, 1.95 acres with park view, for $475K and a few months of blustery weather... or
2) a 1 bedroom 1 bath, 500 sf condo, with a view of a parking lot and a gas station in West Hollywood - with permanent drought and fire hazard - for $950K?

The photos don't show the room with the skylight. Does that still exist, Paul?

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Re: WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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The original owner of this house was one of the lawyers who were the clients on Wright's Park Inn & City National Bank building. When the bank and the hotel went bankrupt Mr. Blythe removed the skylights (25 - 4'x4') and put them in his attic for safe-keeping. When the building was restored (c.2010) Bob McCoy, the current owner of the house, serendipitously discovered where those skylights came from and gave them back to the hotel where they currently reside.

Bob also has quite a few Japanese prints that were given to Walter Burley Griffin as payment for unpaid salary.
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"The Prairie School" by H. Allen Brooks, pages 254-5, with an early photo of the principal exterior and the floor plan, indicates the enclosed veranda on the main level, with 9 square skylights, was built as designed in 1913. "Mason City, Iowa, An Architectural Heritage," pg 55, with a later view from the same location, shows the enclosed balcony that was added above the veranda. The skylights were removed from the veranda and placed in the roof over the balcony. They were in place in 1984, though the room was used only for storage. If these were 9 of the lights above the lobby of the Inn, stored at Blythe, that was aside from the 9 balcony lights, or the Inn went bankrupt within 3 years of construction.

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Re: WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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There are 25 (4'x4') original stained-glass skylights in the Skylight Room. They were stored in Bob's attic for about 80 to 90 years. They were all repaired before being reinstalled during the hotel restoration.
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Re: WBG's Blythe House is NOW on the market

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Yes, Paul, but what about the skylights installed at Blythe itself? According to the plan, there were 9 lights for the house, originally lighting the first floor veranda. They were not part of the Inn lot. When I saw the house in '84, they were in the roof that was added over the second story balcony, which photographs indicate was added some time after the house was constructed. I would imagine they are still intact?

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