Tucked away in the Catskill Mountains of New York is an abandoned artist’s residence once belonging to the Romesky family. The house is now in an unfortunate state of collapse but much of the interior remains intact and includes glimpses into their livelihoods.
At the turn of the 20th century, farmers in the Catskill Mountains of New York looking to supplement their income often converted their residences into boarding houses, taking in guests during the summer months. The guests came to the mountains to seek fresh air, relaxation and recreation far from the reaches of the gritty, unsanitary confines of New York City.
Somewhere in rural Pennsylvania is a Volkswagen junkyard. Scattered through the Appalachian hardwoods are hundreds of Type 1 (Beetle, Bug), Type 2 (Bus) and Type 3 (Notchback, Squareback) automobiles.
I think about my mortality a lot, how finite my life is and what luck I have had. At age 32, I have been incredibly lucky to have only had minor health ailments considering the risks I have put myself into exploring abandoned buildings for over 16 years.
Towering over the modest residences in its vicinity, the soaring blue limestone and Ohio sandstone faced Roman Catholic church is one of the most recognizable symbols of Albany, New York’s rich history.
It’s also one of the most endangered.
Déjà vu. Since relocating to upstate New York, I have come across numerous iterations of the Second empire architectural style, especially as it applies to residences from the early- to mid-20th century, when it was most prevalent.