The abandoned Peck mansion in Haverstraw looked the part of the iconic
Bates-House haunted mansion. Its S-curved mansard roof and gabled dormer
windows were highlighted as features making the house a significant local
example of the French Second Empire style of architecture. For that it was
placed on the National Register of Historic Places in November of 2000. The
house was built at the end of the Civil War, when the village was known as
The adjacent hospital
acquired the mansion in the 1930s, but after serving as a Superintendent's home
it was abandoned
in the 1970s. The building was boarded up in a professional manner, with air vents
allowing the building to "breathe" to stave off decay. Although
long-vacant, Helen Hayes Hospital recognized the adaptive-reuse potential
for the house and was moving forwards with plans for its restoration. On the
afternoon of July3, 2002, the Henry M. Peck house burned to the ground. The
cause was believed to have been children playing with fireworks behind the
Preservation Online - Fire Destroys N.Y. Mansion, July 10, 2002.
Yaz’ Hudson Valley Ruins and Abandoned Buildings, etc.
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