Saturday, September 02, 2006

Overlook Mansion

The only reason I set up this blog was to have a place to copy pics from, but they're pretty cool pics so feel free to look :). Here are some pics of an amazing mansion I am in love with in upstate NY. I have yet to see it in person, but will eventually! Original to its design when it was completed in 1889 was an indoor swimming pool, elevator, self-containing hydroelectric plant (powered by water), 17,000 sqare feet (excluding gigantic basement), and a truly breathtaking view from the mountainside of the small city it resides in. It truly appears like a castle. There are 9 master bedrooms, and 26 rooms all together. All the original stained glass and woodwork remains (and there's a LOT of it!). It comes with 15 acres, however a tudor style carriage house is available at extra cost, which aso has 6 acres. It has 12 ft. ceilings on the first floor, 10 on the second, and 12 again on the third. The Banquet Hall is located on the third floor. There is also a bowling alley that was either original or added shortly after the mansion's construction. The original elevator will take you up from the basement to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd floor, and then empty you out on the rooftop terrace. So 5 floors in all if you include the basement and roof. As amazing as the mansion is, it needs extensive work and is in desperate need of a restoration. the elevator is dysfunctional 9though the motor runs) and was quote $10,000 to get it and the cart fully functional again. The kitchen is gutted, and the porch needs to rebuilt. Original remnants of the porch survive, however would have to be used for a pattern. the roof is relatively new, at about 3 years old I believe. However, there is some issue with the red paint or something coming off. I'm not 100% sure on what the issue is with that. In addition, The carriage house is gutted inside. the bowling alley is deteriorated, and the pool is coveered by a stage. However, The foundation and bones of the mansion are in superb shape, and there are no mortar problems, as mortar was never used in its construction. It truly is an impressive work of art, that needs some $$ and tlc.


Blogger Frank Wilson said...

What are these photos of?

6:31 PM  

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