forgotten glory

thanksgiving has me thinking about family getaways.
the fantasy of history and the family history.

the kingston lounge has two photo essays about vacant, historic hotels; the hotel adler (above), and the hotel columbia (below), both in sharon springs new york. the town was a fashionable destination point in the late 19th century, lauded for its mineral springs. after wwii the hotels became popular destinations for german-american jews, who had a less warm welcome in neighboring saratoga springs.  the columbia served as a long-term rental space, and catered to the orthodox community.  the adler, which boasted a theater, ballroom and proximity to baths, was known for it's entertainment.

both hotels closed permanently in 2004.

i want to go here, 60 years ago, and see the color of the walls.

all photos by richard nickel jr via the kingston lounge

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