- The F. W. Knox Villa is an italiante style home located on Main Street in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Construction on the house was completed in May of 1880. At that time it was the home of Franklin W. Knox, a prominent lawyer and businessman. He had seen a similar style home in Pittsburgh and decided to have one constructed for himself. Sourcing a variety of wood species from the surrounding forests, he was able to make his dream home a reality. After F. W. Knox's death, the house passed hands numerous times and found a new role as an inn and tavern. After shuffling owners numerous times, the house eventually fell into what many would call a state of disrepair. Seeing a hidden treasure rather than a dying relic of the past, we became the newest owners of the property in the late summer of 2016.
I stood on the weathered front porch eagerly awaiting the opening of the front door. Once the lock was undone the door creaked open revealing a dust-filled entryway. The air was dry and chalky. Subtle beams of sunlight drifted down from the windows up above. I stared up at a beautiful spiraling staircase. At that moment, I fell in love with the house. I didn't need to see anything else, standing in the entryway, essentially the heart of the house, I knew that it was perfect. It didn't matter that the house tried to choke you with dust or that their were pigeons flying around in the attic. Even in its state of disarray, the house was captivating. There weren't any lights in the house, there was barely even any sunlight on the lower floors due to the boarded up windows. There wasn't a faucet to rinse away the dirt that would quickly settle into your skin while walking down the halls. A tub without a water supply, an unidentifiable kitchen, windows without views. The hou