On a very cold day, we hiked up the 800 foot road to the top of a hill upon which sits an abandoned Victorian castle-like mansion.  This Gilded Age house, was built in a style mimicking a Norman castle, and was the project of a famous high society photographer in New York City.  After changing hands repeatedly, it was abandoned in the 1980s, and the city allowed it to fall into ruin.  Now this 17 room house, once famed for its many ornate fireplaces and parties sits cold and alone, looking over the city below it.  In a final  sad development a bill was recently passed to partly demolish this unique building, which could still be rebuilt and saved.  I was glad to get the chance to experience it and share its story before it fades away.                     

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