I thought that this location would be a good one to follow the previous entry I made.
It serves to show the contrast between two similar places under different circumstances.
This place, like "The Grandview" is a resort.
Also like "The Grandview", it lays in the Catskill region of NY state.
However, unlike "The Grandview", this place has been posted to numerous "Urban Exploration" websites.
I think everyone knows where this is going...
Please keep in mind that this place was abandoned ten years LATER than "The Grandview"
Now, the entry...
The Conifer (Alias) is a rotting monument to a bygone era.
What was once a gorgeous resort is now a decaying husk...
A victim of neglect, nature, and those that falsely call themselves "Urban Explorers"
Please understand that I have no issue with people investigating locations such as these, I do it myself.
However, there's a guideline that needs to be followed:
"Take only pictures, leave only footsteps"
Sadly, this seems beyond most people's comprehension, and The Conifer has suffered dearly for it.
This post serves not only a portrayal of a forgotten place, but also an essay on disrespect.
Walking the grounds, you can grasp what the place must have been like in it's heyday.
The bustle of people checking in and out in the lobby,.
The smell of chlorine floating down the main hall from the indoor pool.
Faintly music playing in the background, coming from the grand dining hall.
Now just silence, and the smell of decay.
The lobby lies in ruin.
Holes cover the walls, and in some cases, sections of wall are missing altogether.
The furniture is thrown in all directions, most no longer upright.
A majority of the windows have been smashed, allowing for a rather surreal situation,
wherein grass has rooted over the entirety of the lobby carpet.
Creating a grassy field where once the lobby floor was.
Moving on to the building containing indoor pool,
you still almost expect the echo of splashing as you walk about the room.
It's obvious from the size of it that the pool was once a very popular spot at the resort.
It now sits drained, a giant tiled pit in the center of the room.
Fountains can still be seen around the edging of the pool,
along with the many many pool chairs that now occupy the deep-end...
The theater hall must have been glorious at one time.
The room is massive, with the capacity to fit a very large audience.
The giant curtains still hang, slowly being eaten away by fungus.
Same can be said of the ceiling, which appears to be on the verge of collapse.
Walking the hallways of the wings that contained the bedrooms,
you start to understand just how many people came here.
Like the resort itself, the rooms are for the most-part in ruin.
Windows are broken out, walls are all but torn down, spray paint and garbage is everywhere.
As you go up a few floors though, things become less devastated.
At one point the rooms even smelt eerily of clean linen.
Somehow sealed away over a decade ago...( Collapse )