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Peggy Bang

Peggy Bang with her book, “The Melson House Revealed — An Owner’s Perspective.”

MASON CITY — Peggy Bang, author of “The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective,” recently spoke at two events sponsored by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of Australia.

She presented the seventh annual Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture at the National Archives in the capital city of Canberra. Bang was the first American invited to address the society for this prestigious lecture. Her presentation explored the history of the Melson House residence, its design by Burley Griffin and Mahony Griffin and its restoration.

Popular Canberra radio host Alex Sloan also interviewed her in advance of her talk.

At Castlecrag, an inner ring suburb of Sydney, she spoke about “the Melson House – A Castlecrag Cousin.”

Griffin, with help from his wife Marion, designed 45 houses, 15 of which were constructed there between 1921 and 1934.

It is a larger residential development than Rock Crest Rock Glen in Mason City. Bang, a retired visual arts professor at North Iowa Area Community College, is a board member of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America and the vice president of the MacNider Art Museum Foundation.

For more information, she can be reached at 641-423-9543 or

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