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Apr. 25th, 2012 | 12:23 pm
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posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces

Peering out over a small town, from within a thin wood-line which was once a manicured front lawn, sits the broken and battered remains of an old hotel.
When it first opened in 1927, none could have foretold the state that this old place would eventually decay to. During its prime it operated for several decades
servicing patrons of the town's then-famous bath houses. Though once tremendously popular, these baths eventually fell to the wayside, and along with them, this hotel.
Now the tower is home to nothing, save it's slowly twisting corridors and the pitch black shadows which conceal them.

Though we visited this place in the early spring, it was as if winter's grasp had yet to vacate the hotel's interior.
As you step from the daylight into the darkness which clings to this place, you hit a wall of cold air far more suited to the dank recesses of some lightless cave
than a hotel lobby. That being said, it comes as little surprise that the walls and ceilings of this weathered place have begun to reflect just that. Much of the building's
structural wood has come to be exposed, as the ornate facades wither, die, and fall away. This wood, which supports the five stories that make this hotel,
is water-stained to a dark brown, giving the impression of being perpetually wet.

This excessive moisture has buckled and bowed the old hotel from top to bottom. Within its walls one would be very hard-pressed to find a single level surface.
The effect is dizzying at times, as opposite walls pull away from each-other your sense of balance often comes into question. The wings of this hotel are slowly
sinking, and each in a different direction. The roofing is taut from the stress of holding all these decaying parts together, and has begun to tear in places,
allowing even more water easy access to its already saturated framework. At one point while filming we clearly heard a loud gurgling sound coming from directly
overhead. Somewhere above us, beyond the blackened wood, this building was openly weeping.


































We had our first chance to use one of Christina's new filming tools while at this location.
It's a rail system which allows for smooth time-lapse filming, the results of which can be seen in the opening and closing shots below.





Thanks for looking,
~Rusty


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Insane_elf

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from: delirious_elf
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
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wow!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks man.

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from: bella_cheval
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous work!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Appreciated :)

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Christina loves those kinds of beds, she calls them "skeleton beds"... not exactly sure why. Haha

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, gorgeous as always, but that first interior shot really fascinates me, the way the stairway is canted to one side. Love!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I was really reluctant to climb that staircase. It's literally the only way up or down the inside of that building.

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Gary Gardner

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from: grgardner
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Amazingly cool! Where is this?

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's an outskirts Catskills hotel.

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squid_ink

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from: squid_ink
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
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as always, breathtaking!

"Within its walls one would be very hard-pressed to find a single level surface."
you're a brave man and she, a fearless warrior.

I would have hurled in a place like that, I would be so queasy.

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
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It was a bit nerve-raking, for sure.

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fashuggah

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from: fashuggah
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Mein Gott!!! Delicious place! Thanks for sharing!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Very welcome, thank you.

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Miss Cherry Blossom

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from: manic_geisha
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Its strange that I'm most in love with the photo of the one undamaged room. Never thought I'd say that.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
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"Undamaged" by people perhaps, but weather has been doing a job on the pace for years.

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Miss Cherry Blossom

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from: manic_geisha
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I think its just the brightness of the paint... The angles in there are really dizzying!

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Barking at the wind

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from: evil_little_dog
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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That's a gorgeous building. Thanks for sharing it!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Very welcome. Sharing is caring... or something like that.

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Barking at the wind

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from: evil_little_dog
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Memorializing?

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smoking catnip and chasing my tail

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from: jettcat
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
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One wonders what could possibly be holding the swamp cooler in place on the ceiling of the hallway?

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I thought the EXACT same thing, right after I wailed my head on the thing.
It hangs lower than 6-feet, which is a terrible idea.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Apr. 25th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I love your description of it. Some parts seem in really good condition while others aren't. It's rather interesting!

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I assure you that, though some rooms may look in good condition, the whole place was in terrible shape.

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Fantastical worlds, Fiery Love

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from: jana_denardo
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
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a wonderful write up/photos as always. There is just an air of sadness to this place

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 Come One, Come All...

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for reading the text, it's always cool to hear feedback about the writing.
I'm always working to improve my writing skills, so feedback is very much appreciated.

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synnie

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from: synnoveaevael
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
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the new video equipment is really swankie. i like the effects. :)

awesome shots as usual. :)

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Swankie is a perfect word to describe it.
Here's a pic I snapped of Christina using her rail system...

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synnie

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from: synnoveaevael
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
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i like the behind the scenes action :D

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The mirror crack'd from side to side

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from: sekhmet2
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
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Wonderful, as always--your photography, accompanied by your insightful and often poignant words, is always a delight. You really should do a book one of these days.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
I actually do have a book out, it's titled "Forsaken", and is published by the people behind Weird NJ and Weird US.
Here's a link - Fosaken

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永遠のdreamer

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from: chocolate_chip
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
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It's rare to see such a great place still undamaged by human hands. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Probably because most people are too afraid (smart) to bother crawling around such a decrepit place.

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Jason Hackwith

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from: jasonhackwith
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Another awesome post, Rusty! Always look forward to yours.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks man, appreciate you saying so.

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smoking_chola

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from: smoking_chola
date: Apr. 26th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Beautifully decayed and fascinating. Just gorgeous!

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
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Many thanks.

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arplight

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from: arplight
date: Apr. 27th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Always wonderful photography. The eaten-away stairs and the strange hanging Iago cage especially. The film of the web on the bed is perfect. Thanks always to you both.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks for saying so. I'll pass the good words along to Christina.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Apr. 28th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
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Very impressive Rusty

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
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Thank you.

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from: dark_fetus
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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Very welcome. I enjoy sharing them as much as I enjoy taking the pic.
Everyone on this community is very kind, much unlike many other "Urban Exploration" forums out there.

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Mademoiselle Charousse

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from: chat_rousse
date: Apr. 29th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Awesome photos!

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smalljob

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from: smalljob
date: May. 1st, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
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what i don't get about places like this is the weird room sizes, it's like based their whole plan on the outside of the house and then just gridded up rooms without much forethought as to flow or useful size of rooms...seriously, that bowling alley half bathroom is just a weird afterthought...

other than that, great pics as usual! interesting location to be sure...that house has a real presence to it on the outside...

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kellicat

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from: kellicat
date: May. 2nd, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful pictures and video. Bit of a scary location though, thanks to all the water damage. I'm glad you and Christina got in and out of there safely. It doesn't look like it's too long before the entire building goes.

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adjer83

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from: adjer83
date: May. 3rd, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
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Simply beautiful, as usual.

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stormchild03

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from: stormchild03
date: May. 5th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Your posts are always impressive! The new rail system thing is just incredible!

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bernthewitch

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from: bernthewitch
date: May. 6th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
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To chime in with pretty much everyone else here, I was very impressed with your introductory writing and your pictures of this glorious place. You've documented not only the physical experience, but also the emotional atmosphere of the place. It doesn't sound like the building will be around for much longer, and you've saved it at least in some respects.

I'm still so surprised that people leave things to rot like that. Those chairs in 4th to last photo are GORGEOUS. As is that dresser. Me + some time + sandpaper and that would look perfect in my bedroom.

Thanks for documenting this place.

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