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Former Honeymoon Mansion up for auction in Niagara Falls

The house was built in 1902 by Thomas Welch. (Google Maps)

The former Honeymoon Mansion in Niagara Falls – longtime home of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Niagara – is being auctioned Saturday, more than 116 years after it was built.

Cash Realty & Auctions will conduct the public sale of the 9,986-square-foot mansion at 357 Portage Road, a structure with a century of history.

It's located at the intersection of Portage and Niagara Street, not far from the city's business district and Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino.

The sale will be held at 10 a.m. No starting bid is listed.

Built in 1902 by Thomas Welch, one of the city's most influential residents, the two-story mansion was once the largest residence in Niagara Falls.

It was intended as a honeymoon home for Welch and his wife, but he died in 1903, just six months after they moved in. His wife remained in the home until she donated it to the Girls Club, which owned the Porta-Niagara Girls Club & Family Center until 2004.

It's now owned by Sharon Gazy of Niagara Falls, who purchased it from the club for $32,000. The house has a new roof, but other work is needed.

The 0.43-acre property is valued at $55,555, according to Niagara County land records. It was previously offered for sale at $159,900 through Roncroft Realty.

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