Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blogging From A to Z - G is for Granville House

Welcome to the It's A Wonderful Blog's Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge. For this challenge, I will post every day in April (except for Sundays) about topics related to the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart film, It's a Wonderful Life.

Granville House:

The Granville House, located at 320 Sycamore, Bedford Falls, NY,  is a special place.
The Granville House

When we first see it, the home is a broken down, ancient shell of a home. Most of the windows are broken out, the roof is shoddy, and it has pretty much been left to rot. It's so bad that George Bailey says he "wouldn't live in it as a ghost."

And let's not forget the nosey neighbor who tries to talk George and Mary into kissing so he can watch. Peeping Tom much? It would be funny if his name was Tom. I need to look that up.

When George and Mary get married and celebrate their honeymoon there, we see that the inside is in worse condition. The floor joists from the second floor have collapsed onto the stairwell. The plaster is falling off of the walls. There is clearly severe water damage.
A close-up.

It is at that moment that the Granville House gets a new life. Mary works hard to refurbish the house and turns it into a beautiful home.

Then George goes to Pottersville. Once he realizes the horror of the reality - or the fantasy - or the alternate history - he asks to be taken "home." When he gets to the Granville House, he discovers that the house has "died." It has reverted to its former dilapidated condition.

But when George returns to Bedford Falls, the Granville House, in effect (though not in fact) gets its third rebirth, becoming a warm home again that welcomes family and friends.

Check out this site about the Granville house. It's very well done.

Here is a still from It's a Wonderful Life showing the Granville House straight-on.

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