No place like home: Sale of historic Baum house in Syracuse pits one ‘Wizard of Oz’ group against another The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has picked one Oz-related group over another to redevelop a former home related to “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” creator L. Frank Baum, at 678 W. Onondaga St. in Syracuse. The house, built in 1867, was the home of Baum’s sister Harriet Baum Neal and her husband William Neal. Frank met his future wife Maud there. On the agency’s agenda Monday were proposals from two competing Baum foundations. They could be seen as Syracuse versus Chittenango, where Baum was born. The Lyman Frank Baum Foundation offered $1,000. The second group – the L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation offered to pay $1. Committee member Marc Baum, who is no relation to L. Frank Baum is quoted as saying, “This house is in deplorable condition. It has been vacant for many years, and it came back on the market through the Syracuse Land Bank in late February. In March, members of our board toured the house with the Syracuse Land Bank representatives, and we decided that this would be the last chance to save it.” The losing Oz foundation has taken its arguments to social media with threats to sue the Greater Syracuse Land Bank.
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