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The Franklin Gate House was originally built abt. 1913 to house Ernesto Grandelis, his wife Edith and his five children Albert, Henry, Ernest, Edith and Mary.
The original design consisted of a combination living/dining area and kitchen down stairs and three bedrooms upstairs. Can you imagine seven people sleeping in three tiny bedrooms.
There was no apparent bath room.
Note: All of the images taken below were taken during the first half of 2013.
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Front of the Franklin Gate House in the Spring of 2013. / Mark Moore
Front of the Franklin Gate House in the Spring of 2013 showing the pond and part of the original gate entrance to the left of the house. / Mark Moore
A close-up of the last remaining original gate. All of the others were stolen./ W. Passauer
Franklin Gate House roof detail 2013./ W. Passauer
The back side of the Franklin Gate House 2013./ W. Passauer
A close-up of the Franklin Gate House back side showing the initials (JCS) of Joseph C. Sibley placed into the cement with colored stone./ W. Passauer
Some of the stone work on the Franklin Gate House. The location is on the front, left of the home. The stone appears to be sandstone which is a different material that was used to build the Mansion,
but the same material used to build the Manager's House. The location of the source of the stone is currently unknown./ W. Passauer
A stone archway, just to the right of the image taken of the stone wall above, leads to the main entrance to the home.
Notice the original gate in the background. The gentleman in the image is Mark Moore, the current owner./ W. Passauer
The main entrance to the Franklin Gate House. It is believed that neither door is original./ W. Passauer
A close-up of the original stone used as the entrance steps to the Franklin Gate House./ W. Passauer