Gates Historical Society

Co-Presidents …  Virginia Paddock, Sue Swingle

Vice-President … Cindy Hinchey

Treasurer … Mary Yates

Secretary …  Susan Swanton

Franklin Hinchey House

This Second Empire Victorian is listed on the National Register of Historic Places under the category of architectural significance. The house is listed on the register as the Connely/Holeman House. It boasts 6 bedrooms, a formal dining room and two parlors. Rooms have extensive black walnut millwork and intricate plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions. The 30x15 foot kitchen features freestanding antiques that convey with the property and two pantries. A grand black walnut staircase ascends to the second level. Halls and landings are of large scale. The home is situated on a wooded one-acre lot in a residential area of a small-town in northwest Pennsylvania, an hour south of Erie.

The kitchen is done in traditional Victorian fashion with freestanding units. Marble-topped antique dry sinks are used for counters. A sink was added to one. A pepper-red gas Elmira 1800s stove (reproduction) is the kitchen focal point. In keeping with the era decor, the stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator are in a pantry off the main kitchen.

Typical of Second Empire houses, the windows are tall and narrow. Reproduction stained glass panels were added to all first floor windows for beauty and privacy. The dining room has a pair of Gothic-inspired windows from a church in Baltimore. They are not installed and sit on the deep windowsills over the existing panes.


National Register of Historic Places

Historic Houses

A historic house generally meets several criteria before being listed by an official body as "historic." Generally the building is at least a certain age, depending on the rules for the individual list. A second factor is that the building be in recognizably the same form as when it became historic. Third is a requirement that either an event of historical importance happened at the site, or that a person of historical significance was associated with the site, or that the building itself is important for its architecture or interior