Preservation Magazine recently published an online article about the fate of Halcyon Hall in Millbrook, NY, which has an October 1 date with the wrecking ball.
The eclectic assemblage of Shingle, Tudor revival and Queen Anne architecture was built as a resort hotel c. 1891-1893. In 1907 it became the home of the Bennett School For Girls, which was later known as Bennett Junior College. The school closed in 1977 and Halcyon Hall has since been a favorite site for ruin photographers on the grand tour of abandoned buildings in the Northeast USA.
Throughout the last three decades the site has been proposed for renovation or threatened by demolition and neglect. Halcyon Hall popped up in the news again this summer when a dormer window collapsed, and subsequently when the village ordered the site to be fenced off. (Access to the buildings remains remarkably easy but the property is regularly patrolled by police, who will enter the buildings to look for people whose cars might be parked outside.) The building has been officially condemned for some time now by the village but the lack of municipal funds and lack of initiative by the owner means that demolition may not yet happen so soon. An “accident” or the effects of time may act first, but for a building that has seemingly escaped fate for longer than it should have, the end seems nearer now than it ever has before.
Before I leave you with some very recent images below, here is a link to an archive with many great historic images of Halcyon Hall, and the original Hudson Valley Ruins entries for Halcyon/Bennett by myself (c. 2005) and Tom Rinaldi (c. 1998-1999).