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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by backdoorchicken, Jul 29, 2009.
My new dog Toby! we just got home from the animal shelter with him!
Yes it was, but before it was a college,, it was a haven for the wealthy of New York City who wanted to get away to a beautiful hotel and resort.
"This school was originally constructed in 1890 as Halcyon Hall - a luxury hotel constructed of wood and stone dreamed up by publisher H.J. Davison Jr. Filled with books and curios from around the world, the hotel was a retreat that featured beautiful carved wooden pillars, balconies, and small niches to steal a quick read or nap. The building had been designed in the elaborate Victorian Queen Anne style by James E. Ware, and consisted of 200 rooms in 5 stories, plus a basement and sub-basement. Despite the grandeur, Halcyon Hall failed to catch the popularity it had hoped for. It closed in 1901, and stood vacant until another a buyer was found eight years later."
After Bennett college closed, unfortunately there was a major flood due to pipes bursting during the cold winter months. The flood that in sued did irreparable damage to the structure and it is beyond restoration. What an incredible shame as these pictures do no justice to the grand and imposing state of this building. Even in it's damaged states, anyone who drives by can't be awestruck. Of course you can imagine on Hallows Eve how the local high school children try to break in as there are many tall tales of ghosts lurking. The police have since put up semi permanent fencing as it is quite the hazard. The whole thing could come down at any time. Super Storm Sandy collapsed some of the front facade. It's just a matter of time. Residents DON"T want it torn down, who needs condos?? We certainly don't!