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"It gets into your blood," says Groten of his home. "It demands something of you that a regular house doesn't." This is apparent from Groten's campaign to secure historic status for the McComb House, which required months of research and 50 pages of documentation explaining the structure's importance as belonging to the Modernist architectural canon. Groten's dedication was rewarded when the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.