The Ogden, Utah mansion of John Moses Browning, widely considered the greatest and most prolific gun design genius who ever lived, is now on the market. Thanks to friend Erich Martell for the heads-up.
Built in 1900, this striking old building is “complete with turrets, dormers, grand staircases, amazing hardwood floors, original windows and moulding, new commercial-grade kitchen with corian counters, potential new baths for bed and breakfast use.”
Now, the photo in the real estate listing shows that this is obviously not a “backwoods home.” But anyone who turns this historic place into a bed and breakfast is pretty much guaranteed a steady stream of visiting gun buffs, many of whom would make it a destination trip…a pilgrimage even.
And turrets. Turrets! Quick word association test…work with me here…BINGO! Yes! GUN turrets!
Of course, nothing less than a Browning M2 machine gun would do for the gun turrets in the Browning Mansion. Commanding field of fire to protect the neighborhood? OH, yeah! “Neighborhood watch”? Yes, to the power of ten.
OK, so I’m getting a little crazy here. But for $375K? With eight bedrooms, formal dining room, and a history that goes back to the year 1900? Good Lord, for real estate values, that’s like going back in a time machine even before you start looking at the lore of the place.
Please, please let some person from the Gun Culture with a sense of history purchase this magnificent icon, before some developer gloms it and turns it into a Yuppie Hutch.