Abandoned F.W. Knox Villa Set to Be Restored in Coudersport, PA (PHOTOS)

Reconstruction of the F.W. Knox Villa at Old Hickory Begins in Coudersport, Pennsylvania
United States; Pennsylvania; Coudersport

A family in Coudersport, Pennsylvania is currently restoring an abandoned Italianate villa on the town’s main street with the hopes of using it as a venue or, more likely, a bed and breakfast. Originally called the Old Hickory Tavern, the F.W. Knox Villa was constructed in 1880 for Franklin W. Knox. According to a report in the Potter Leader-Enterprise, the 5,070 square foot home had multiple owners before the Mauser family of Lehigh Valley bought it in 2016 for $58,100.

In the 1980s, the house’s former owners, the Rigas family, gutted it in preparation for turning it into a bed and breakfast. The plans failed, and the building stood unoccupied for a number of years.

The present owners of the house, according to the Potter Leader-Enterprise, intend to restore the side porch, restore the roof to its original form, and replace several broken windows.

The building has a 55-foot tower that looks out over Coudersport, as well as two spiral staircases and numerous bay windows. The homeowners have started documenting the renovation process on social media. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, you should check out the F.W. Knox Villa in Old Hickory. Images sourced from Google and the Facebook page for Old Hickory – F.W. Knox Villa.

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