FRANKLIN – In the lobby of the Senior Center lies a realm where snow is made of coconut shavings and roofs are constructed of gingerbread, graham crackers and gumdrops.

Though it's far from the North Pole, the spirit of the winter holidays resonates with one chef at the facility.

Paul Ledwith's first gingerbread creation is being appreciated by everyone who enters the building – an exact replica of the Senior Center, made of sugar.

Senior Center Director Karen Alves said residents have adored since it showed up in the center’s lobby.

“You can’t believe how happy they are when people see it,” Alves said. “They all say, ‘Oh my god, who did this?’ It’s just been so fun.”

Ledwith has been working at the Senior Center for about seven years, but has always been a creative mind in the field of food. The detail and intimacy necessary for the candied cabin took two weeks to construct, but also months of planning.

“Professional gingerbread houses is what I’ll do next,” he laughed. “But really, I just thought people would really enjoy it.”

The professional cook and tech junkie used his own drones as well as images from Google Earth to get the structure of the building just right, he said.

In the gingerbread model, an iPhone mounted between two candles stands in for the spot where the senior center's sign is supposed to be. On Tuesday afternoon, the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was streaming on the cell phone, with a queue of countless other Christmas classics ready to go for the small display.

The idea of having wires running across the floor of the center to make the lights and train work seemed dangerous, but Ledwith had another idea in mind.

Under the "hood" of the sweet operation is a small 12-volt DC battery attached to a 23,000-watt inverter that fuels the train as well as the lights and iPhone-sized cinema in the display.

The sugary holiday attraction has gained quick popularity among the regulars at the Senior Center. Alves said that the gingerbread senior center has helped to raise the holiday spirit this year.

“It has brought a lot of joy to our members,” Alves said. “He’s just a creative guy and brings that to the center in a lot of ways.”

Scott Calzolaio can be reached at 508-734-0389 or scalzolaio@wickedlocal.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottCaz