“To his amazement, after almost a year of renovation, he has yet to discover even the smallest crack in the foundation or walls of the building.”
“From the time he acquired the castle, most of Shelton’s weekends were spent in Tahlequah, pulling down vines, replacing the roof, removing the debris of collapsed ceilings and rotted floors, stabilizing the interior, and beginning the process of restoration. The new owner’s goal is to restore the building to its 1931 appearance.”
“The building is really more incredible than I even realized when I used to drive by it; it’s remarkable what they did and accomplished, and knowing what they had to do to complete that project, it’s impressive,” Shelton said.
“Perhaps the final sentence of the World article that inspired Shelton to purchase the home provides insight into his reason for saving the building: “The house deserves an owner who will take good care of it as a monument to Franklin and as an important lesson that he can still share with NSU – that with hard work and a little determination, even a poor student from the backwoods of Oklahoma can end up living in a castle someday.”
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The Tahlequah Daily Press