Old Lodge was a 10,000 square-foot building built circa 1890, built in Tomkins Cove, New York. Over the years it was used as a hotel, a private school, a girl scout camp, and a private residence. There are unconfirmed reports that the building was used as a nursing home for a short period of time. Years of neglect and decay have left it as a ‘shell’ of a building, and as such it has been formally condemned and entry to the building was strongly discouraged and extremely dangerous.
At the time of my visit to photograph the property in 2011, it was for sale for $399,000 USD with the condition of the sale being that the building was to be demolished and removed. In other words, this place simply wasn’t going to be around for much longer, and it was NOT a good idea to take pictures here. In fact, it is so dangerous that I would be surprised if the real estate allowed prospective buyers inside the old building.
While little is known about this location, the one thing that I know for sure is that this was perhaps the most dangerous and unstable locations I have photographed. It was a very bad idea to enter this location, and I must insist that nobody else attempt to enter this building or any other such building for any purpose. The entire structure shown here is completely unstable and the floors have hidden soft spots everywhere from years of water damage.