October 2, 2013

His Grandfather's Mansions

Frank was named after his grandfather Frank Canuti, whom he never met. The elder Frank died in 1943 at the age of 76. Born in Italy as Felidio F. Canuti, he came to the U.S. with his parents when he was eight.

He became a successful lawyer and built a substantial home in Oakmont, PA. Later he had another home built nearby. Both houses are still standing and look very fine from the street.

"Castle Court"
This large house is pictured in local history books  — see it in the Oakmont Historical Image Collection.

Mr. Canuti wrote a book, The Siege And Fall Of Constantinople. We have a facsimile copy which is again available through the wonders of modern publishing.

Bill showed us an old photo dating from the time when Mr. Canuti was a candidate for judge of common pleas court.


  1. Such a beautiful place. I love old rambling houses.

  2. They look like beautiful homes!

  3. Beautiful homes. That first one is a lot like the dream home I always pictured myself living in!

  4. Wow! What a beautiful place!

    Warm greetings from the Netherlands,

  5. Well how cool that Franks grandfather was kind of famous.

  6. It's wonderful that you could see the homes and find such interesting bits of family history.


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