Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where "Oz" Creator Met His Future Wife
The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank. Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.
"If my Uncle Frank and Auntie Maud hadn't met in this house, you do know there would be no Oz to talk about."
The house has been behind on taxes since 2006, and has sat vacant for 15 years. DiScenna says the house is in generally good shape considering its age. She says it would cost around $150,000 to just fix it up, and more to renovate it. But she says contractors and others have committed to donating supplies, equipment, and time to the project.