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Antique Mall Auction Gallery (Franklin Armory)

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Franklin Armory
1909. 1280 Franklin Ave.

The deep maroon color and crenellated parapet of the former Franklin Armory give it a fortresslike appearance. The brick building is trimmed with Cleveland stone. A two-story administration extension at the western end is linked to the arena by a raised entrance flanked by castellated bay windows. The arena's open space is surrounded by a balcony. The building overlooks French Creek and is adjacent to the site of Fort Franklin (1787–1796), and a nearby historical marker remembers John Chapman, “Johnny Appleseed,” a pioneer nurseryman and itinerant preacher who cultivated apples from Pennsylvania to Indiana and lived in the French Creek valley until 1804. Since 1989, the armory has housed an antiques mall.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Antique Mall Auction Gallery (Franklin Armory)", [Franklin, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 526-526.

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