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Jul. 9th, 2019 | 12:30 am
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posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces



Lost places, like this shuttered resort, stand as unique objects of fascination for many reasons. Oftentimes it's because these locations have come to exist in a state contrary to their constructed roles. In this case, we may find initial captivation in the absolute silence where thousands once gathered with their families. Beyond that though, there is something arguably more profound which ties all these places together. A common thread which entwines every abandoned structure and property – Time. Human history, all history really, crests and recedes like the waterline along the shore. Popular culture rises and falls, profitability rises and falls, communities rise and fall, nations rise and fall. The waters of time endlessly rise and fall. And after the tide has retreated these places remain in the wake, like cast-off shells upon a beach.

Some time after our arrival a large storm began to stir at the outskirts of the valley. It came on slowly at first, as the sunny day gradually greyed over. Eventually though, the storm gathered force and with it a purple-hued darkness which stood as a wall along the edge of the valley. There it remained though, held at bay by strong updrafts which perpetually carry through the basin. Frustrated it loudly thundered at the edge of the ridges around us, forever tumbling upon itself without gaining ground. At times it looked not unlike a great obsidian wave breaking upon a bluff. Occasionally its cries shook the walls of the old resort, but even though the outlying mountains were ringed with near black, above us was never more than a haze of light grey. The air became cool, as the warmth was sucked away by the storm-front, but we remained dry at the center of the turmoil around us. As it tends to be with storms of this force though, the events were short lived. In little time the thundering from the mountains fell silent, and the grey of the sky dissolved back to blue. What just moments ago was all-encompassing, now may as well have never existed at all. Much like the decaying resort we had taken shelter within.

The original buildings on these grounds opened to the public in 1903, with much of what is currently standing dating from the 1950s and '60s, including the distinctive tower building which rises high above all else. By the time the resort was shuttered it had served the region for over a century. Considering the long lifespan of the old resort makes the grounds today all the more sombre. Generations of families vacationed here. Parents bringing their children, just as their own parents had brought them. There is no doubt that the silence which now embraces this property is saturated with memories of those who knew it in far happier times than these.

The original buildings on these grounds opened to the public in 1903, with much of what is currently standing dating from the 1950s and '60s, including the distinctive tower building which rises high above all else. By the time the resort was shuttered it had served the region for over a century. Considering the long lifespan of the old resort makes the grounds today all the more sombre. Generations of families vacationed here. Parents bringing their children, just as their own parents had brought them. There is no doubt that the silence which now embraces this property is saturated with memories of those who knew it in far happier times than these.

Some places cry out their stories, their histories, to those who visit. You may have felt this for yourself when visiting a site of some significance. Places steeped with history tend to exude it in a way that isn't easily explained. It's as if simply laying your hand upon the cold walls of an old building helps you to better understand it. Perhaps it's simply human instinct to reach out and touch something you wish to learn more about. A tactile sense somehow linked to our minds, left over from eons past. A sensibility which we have collectively evolved beyond, but endures nonetheless. That voice was absent here.

Throughout all these halls, quarters, and common spaces, no grand proclamations of the past were to be found. All that remained were the low moans of a tired building, pitch shadows, and a deep-seated rot. Numerous items remained from the heydays of the resort, but coming upon those remnants felt less like glimpsing cherished mementos, and more like one was rummaging through the possessions of a deceased person. As we toured the grounds it seemed as if this is a place was not only utterly given up on, but that it had also given up.

In the end though, it's reasonable to think that this place never had a voice to begin with, not a singular one anyway. This resort lived as a hub for others to create their own stories and memories within its walls, and by that accord the last of its life went from this property the moment the final guest checked out nearly a decade ago.



The lobby was massive, dark, and humid.










The top-floor suite was still fully furnished. Lugging the video equipment up 13 floors of pitch-black stairs was an endevour. It was worth it though, as we are quite proud of the final short film we made (it's embeded at the bottom of this post).





The tower was constructed later in the life of the resort, a vertical annex meant to combat the horizontal sprawl of the previous additions.







A small forest of ferns grow in a long-disused corridor.




The ski lodge rots away at the foot of the mountain.


























Fine white hairs of the molds and mosses which grow upon the dining hall carpet.



For this short video we were able to dig up old television advertisements which we spliced with our present-day. All told this video took about three days of filming to complete, hope you enjoy.


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BunnyHugger

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from: bunny_hugger
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 05:42 am (UTC)
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Great photos. Very nice light on many of them.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you. The day provided a crazy spectrum of weather to film, from sunny to literal thunderstorms. The overcast really helped with the atmosphere.

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Мышьяк хороший, импортный!

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from: vaf
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 06:19 am (UTC)
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Great place!
Thank you!

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:35 am (UTC)
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Very welcome.

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The Captain Of My Ship, The Master Of My Soul

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from: gonzo21
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 10:53 am (UTC)
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That's extraordinary that everything was just left, like the Marie Celeste.

And it doesn't seem to have been vandalised. I guess it must be quite out of the way or something?

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:36 am (UTC)
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It's quite a drive for most people to visit, though my partner and I, living on the edge of civilization as we do, only had to trek about an hour or so to it.

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 L.J. Ferrari

Before and after..

from: tyler306
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Love the before and after shots.. I think of all the employees who heard rumors of its closing then going to work and finding out they didn't have a job anymore.. What's the location of this place, did I miss that? Amazing pictures, thank you..

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Ishkabibble Zoph

Re: Before and after..

from: sanpaku
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 08:59 pm (UTC)
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I know this place well - it is in Ellenville, NY.

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 L.J. Ferrari

Re: Before and after..

from: tyler306
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much...

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Rusty Tagliareni

Re: Before and after..

from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:39 am (UTC)
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Yea, when these places shut down they displace a lot of staff. I think people often forget that part about large scale abandoned locations.

As for part two of your comment, I see it was answered below.

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spikesgirl58

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from: spikesgirl58
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Incredible. I loved what you did with the video. It was great to see what was with what is now. How sad that it's fallen, but your tribute will make it live on. Thank you.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:41 am (UTC)
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Aww thanks! We have been trying more and more to hone our ability to portray emotions in the videos and text. In the age of click-bate and vlogging, we feel its an often overlooked element of exploration, and honestly the thing which we find most important.

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spikesgirl58

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from: spikesgirl58
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 11:15 am (UTC)
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Well, I'd watch more. It was a great tribute to a fallen hero. To think of how many families vacationed and laughed there only to have it left to ruins. The lead word in the windows on the top floor were something else and that table still set and waiting... so sad.

Very well done, indeed. Thank you again.

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Ishkabibble Zoph

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from: sanpaku
date: Jul. 9th, 2019 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I did a double-take when I saw the overview photo - I know this place very well - my family went there for years and we have a lot of old photos taken there. I went maybe 3 times between 1984 and about 2001. It saddens me to see it derelict as it was a very cool place to explore as a kid and is vivid in my imagination. But it was falling apart for many years, and the last time we were there was truly a wreck. So in a sense, it was possible to anticipate then what it would look like when fully abandoned. That said, it was still operating less than 10 years ago, which is why the decay is relatively low.

Interestingly, the resort next door is still around and recently renovated, having been taken over by a Korean cult of some sort. It was originally part of the same property and allows a vista to the falls, which are amazing.

There were plans for the property to be redeveloped as a casino and then as some sort of sports complex. There was a brief flurry of excitement and signs and plans when we were in the area a few years ago, but they did not pan out.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:45 am (UTC)
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That's incredible, and I'm sorry if any of these images made you upset to see. I know it can be hard to see places in which memories were forged left to rot, I've experienced it myself and can relate.

Yes, the neighboring property is actually open now as a resort and was indeed a part of the shuttered property at one time. By my estimates, it's a bit of a third of the total structures, so quite large in its own right.

The plans for the sporting complex fell through a year or so ago when the property owners defaulted on payments and the bank claimed the land. They still say it's coming, but I will believe it when they do something aside from talk or put up billboards.

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Ishkabibble Zoph

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from: sanpaku
date: Jul. 11th, 2019 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't say upset, more like... walking through a dream. I remember all the names. The Waikiki Pool. The Vacationer. The Golden Gate. It's hard to really believe one can never be there again.

We did stay at the former Fallsview a few years ago, and although the Korean cult part is amusing, it was actually a perfectly charming experience. Most of the resort-type things are gone unless you know where to look. It was always the lesser cousin, with fewer amenities and spaces, but perhaps that meant the renovations were more feasible than in a more sprawling place like the N.

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adafrog

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from: adafrog
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 01:40 am (UTC)
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Some gorgeous buildings there.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:45 am (UTC)
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They really are. We didn't actually expect the place to be so large and sprawling.

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Ishkabibble Zoph

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from: sanpaku
date: Jul. 11th, 2019 12:41 pm (UTC)
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The place was like a living museum of funky mid-20th century modern design and architecture. Sad to lose it on that basis alone.

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Elenbarathi

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from: elenbarathi
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 01:40 am (UTC)
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Ah, that's lovely; nice work!

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 10th, 2019 03:45 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

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ablemagawitch

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from: ablemagawitch
date: Jul. 11th, 2019 06:38 am (UTC)
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Love the mix of old postcards/snapshots to compare the current state of decay both for what has decayed and what was original there and still is. Thank you for taking the time to research them up and add them in and double so if you found them and then cleaned

I remember those style of boats. I was too young to ride them and by the time I was old enough they had fallen out of favor. Can you image the any place allowing kids to go out and ride around on such, in today's nanny state of over protection?


Great shots it look like the weather gods smiled on you to give you a wide variety of lighting conditions. Making both harder to shoot the whole place equally but giving you so much difference for lighting effects to photograph each room differently.

Edited at 2019-07-11 06:42 am (UTC)

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 12th, 2019 06:00 am (UTC)
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I remember those boats as well (born 1984) though, like you, I was never able to ride one as they vanished before I was old enough. They were like little floating lawsuits.

We were able to dig up the postcards online, some were easier to find than others, but we were able to collect a nice array of images in the end.

As for the weather, I've actually grown to enjoy cloudy days the most, but they do make for stubbornly dark interiors at times.

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Ennui in Suburbia

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from: irreparable
date: Jul. 12th, 2019 06:43 am (UTC)
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Truly stunning photos. You have a real eye for capturing the enduring beauty and history of the building. Just a gorgeous post.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Jul. 16th, 2019 04:40 am (UTC)
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Appreciate the kind words! I always think to myself "I could have done better." when I'm looking at my shots, but I think everyone is probably like that.

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