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Mary Richards House - On the sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW/CBS/1970-77 Mary Tyler Moore played news producer Mary Richards who worked at WJM-TV in Minneapolis. At the end of the day, she returned home to her walk-up apartment (D) in an old Victorian home located at 119 North Weatherly Avenue.

Mary Richards Residence in Minneaplois - THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
Mary Richards arrives at her new home in 1970

Mary marked her territory with a large letter "M" which she mounted on her kitchen wall. Upstairs from Mary lived Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), a window dresser, who coveted Mare's more spacious accommodations (Rhoda lived in a converted attic space). Their gossipy landlord Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman) dropped in from time-to- time with tidbits about her husband, Lars (an unseen dermatologist).

Front of Mary Richards Residence- THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
Upstairs apartment

In reality, the property used as Mary Richards' residence belonged to a University of Minnesota humanities professor. Built in 1892 at the cost of $15,000 by architect Edward Stebbins, the three-story, four bedroom Victorian home (plus attic space) with two kitchens and six bathrooms is located at 2104 Kenwood Parkway in Minneapolis near Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. The first owner of the property was Spencer Davis, president of a farm implement company.

When fans of the show began to regularly bother the owner, the peeved professor refused MTM producers the right to continue filming her residence. To show she meant business, she hung an "Impeach Nixon" sign on her home. The character Mary Richards soon after moved to a high-rise apartment at 932 N. Weatherly.

Exteriors of the Cedar Riverside Plaza at 1610 6th Street South across from the University of Minnesota were used as Mary's new residence. Fans of the show still stop outside Mary Richard's old residence and take snapshots for souvenirs. And, of course, they all throw their hats in the air.

As of 1988, Mary Richards' home was owned by Minneapolis Institute of Arts Director Evan Maurer and his wife, Naomi. In March 2004, the Maurer's decided to sell the five-bedroom, six-bath 112-year-old Victorian (6,461 square foot) home for nearly $1.7 Million (Price: $1,695,000) with Coldwell Banker Burnet. The house is now painted taupe instead of the original white. Also, the unfinished attic that was supposed to be Mary's room has since been converted into a a home office space.

Mary's House as of 2004

In 2007, the current owners of the house - Don Gerlach, a high school English teacher, and his wife, Pat - placed the fully renovated property on the market for 3.6 million dollars.

TRIVIA NOTE: According to Mary Tyler Moore if you look real close at the silhouettes in the windows of the high-rise building as seen from Mary's apartment balcony, you can see people doing "nasty" things (a.k.a. "The Wild Thing") to each other. Mary admitted that she and other cast members painted the pictures in between filming on the set.

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