Grossinger's Resort

Basic
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grossinger's_Catskill_Resort_Hotel
Region: Liberty, NY
Location
Type: Large residential facility
Status: Demolished/Destroyed
Opened: 1919
Closed: 1986
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Grossinger’s Resort was a massive “Borsch Belt” resort that served primarily jewish people during its service life. It has since been demolished. The resort featured multiple hotels, a chapel, a ball room, a hair salon, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a tennis court, skybridge, post office, golf course, power plant and airport! The resort features multiple eras of architecture, from 1920’s Victorian architecture, to 1970s modernism, which is seen in the last and newest hotel.

History

In 1919, the Grossinger family bought a house along with 100 acres of land. They named it Grossinger’s Terrace Hill House. The hotel became popular and eventually began expanding into a resort. In 1952, Grossinger’s Resort made history by being the first resort to use fake snow for skiing. The same year, the resort tried to get the local O&W train station (Ferndale) renamed to Grossinger’s, but it didn’t happen.

By 1972, the resort was at its peak. Professional boxer Rocky Marciano would train at the resort. The complex consisted of 35 buildings and 1,200 acres, serving 150,000 people per year!

By 1984, the resort was in a heavy decline, just being 2 years from abandonment. The same year, the resort hosted a Woodstock weekend. At the event, a music event was hosted by David-Clayton Thomas, there was a tie-dyeing workshop, and a midnight showing of the Woodstock documentary. Unfortunately for the Grossinger family, this failed to revitalize the resort.

The resort closed in 1986, where it was then sold to Servico. The golf course, however, was kept open. Throughout the years following 1986, the property was juggled across multiple owners. Multiple attempts to reopen the resort, either in part or whole, failed. In 2017, the golf course closed. In 2018, the entire resort (including the golf course facilities) was demolished. The owner as of 2018 hoped to bring casinos to the property.

Grossinger’s Resort is the first abandoned building I’ve ever been to. My trip to the resort single-handedly sparked my interest in abandoned buildings, which snowballed into a love for photography, industrial history, hiking, and cycling. I really wonder what my life would be like now if I never went here. One building in, I dropped and broke my point and shoot camera and had to use my phone for the rest of the exploration!

Furthermore, I visited the resort in 2016. At the time, the golf course was still open and operational so I didn’t go over to it.

Grossinger's Resort Sign

Grossinger's Resort Sign

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The main entrance sign for [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Entrance

Grossinger's Resort Entrance

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The entrance booth to the [[ resort // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. Note the “GOLF COURSE CLOSED” sign. The golf course actually was operational (but not opened - it was the winter) when this photo was taken. The newest and last building to be constructed on the resort is also visible in the background.

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Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel

Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is the first building you would encounter entering [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]. It is entirely wooden, and seemed unstable at the time.

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Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel Room

Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel Room

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

Here I was able to peek my camera through the window of the [[ wooden hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. Nasty!

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Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel Hallway

Grossinger's Resort Wooden Hotel Hallway

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The hallway of the [[ wooden hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. As you can see, this entire hotel was trashed.

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Grossinger's Resort Laundry Chute

Grossinger's Resort Laundry Chute

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

On to the [[ next building // Grossinger’s Resort ]] now, we found a laundry chute. Most of the building was a shell and nothing worth taking pictures of (I thought at the time).

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Grossinger's Resort Pool Hotel Hallway

Grossinger's Resort Pool Hotel Hallway

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The hallway of the [[ hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]] that was joined to the indoor pool.

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Grossinger's Resort Pool Hotel Elevator

Grossinger's Resort Pool Hotel Elevator

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The hotel shaft (car still visible!) in the [[ hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]] that was joined to the indoor pool.

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Grossinger's Resort Looking at the Pool Building from the Hotel

Grossinger's Resort Looking at the Pool Building from the Hotel

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is looking at the indoor pool from the [[ hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]] that was joined by the skybridge. If you look to the left, you can see the skybridge.

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Grossinger's Resort Skybridge

Grossinger's Resort Skybridge

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

A look inside the skybridge at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]. We determined that the skybridge was too risky to walk across (although we were wrong), so we walked outside to go into the pool building. The following pictures are directly undernearth the pool building due to how we entered.

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Grossinger's Resort Showers

Grossinger's Resort Showers

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

These were likely the showers at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]. This room was directly below the pool.

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Grossinger's Resort Sauna

Grossinger's Resort Sauna

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The sauna at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Stairs to Pool

Grossinger's Resort Stairs to Pool

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The staircase from the showers to the pool in [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Diving Board

Grossinger's Resort Diving Board

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is the famous picture of [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]], the diving board in the indoor pool.

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Grossinger's Resort Pool Postcard

Grossinger's Resort Pool Postcard

by Unknown - Public domain

A postcard showing what the indoor pool at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]] looked like in its prime.

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Grossinger's Resort Pool Deck

Grossinger's Resort Pool Deck

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The deck of [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]’s indoor pool deck. In the back, you can see the skybridge.

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Grossinger's Resort Pool Ceiling

Grossinger's Resort Pool Ceiling

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The ceiling of the indoor pool at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Ruined Room

Grossinger's Resort Ruined Room

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

A ruined room right by the [[ indoor pool // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Room with Bench

Grossinger's Resort Room with Bench

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

Another ruined room, this one had a [[ bench // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Back of Main Hotel

Grossinger's Resort Back of Main Hotel

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The backside of the main hotel, which is also joined to the [[ pool // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Original Building

Grossinger's Resort Original Building

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The building in the distance is what I believe to be one of the original buildings on the [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Power Plant

Grossinger's Resort Power Plant

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is the power plant that was built for [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Inside Power Plant

Grossinger's Resort Inside Power Plant

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

Sadly, the inside of the [[ power plant // Grossinger’s Resort ]] was a shell. There was a large hole in the side, likely made to remove the large generators and other equipment when they were sold.

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Grossinger's Resort Big Empty Room

Grossinger's Resort Big Empty Room

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This was a big empty [[ room // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. Not sure what it was for.

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Grossinger's Resort Big Walkway

Grossinger's Resort Big Walkway

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

To the left inside of the big empty room was this hallway. The design is quite [[ nice // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Hallway with Rubble

Grossinger's Resort Hallway with Rubble

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

A [[ hallway // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Tennis Court

Grossinger's Resort Tennis Court

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The outdoor tennis court at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]. Beyond the trees in the back was the operational (at the time) golf course. Yes, we played a game.

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Grossinger's Resort Chapel

Grossinger's Resort Chapel

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This was likely a chapel at the [[ resort // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. Behind this photo were some pews.

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Grossinger's Resort Outdoor Pool

Grossinger's Resort Outdoor Pool

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The outdoor pool at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Outdoor Pool Old Photo

Grossinger's Resort Outdoor Pool Old Photo

by Unknown - Public domain

This is what the [[ outdoor pool // Grossinger’s Resort ]] looked like at its peak. This photo was taken at the deep end of the pool. The building seen in the photo did not exist as of 2016.

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Grossinger's Resort New Hotel

Grossinger's Resort New Hotel

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The final building built on the [[ resort // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Hallway

Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Hallway

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The hallway inside the newest [[ hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Stairs

Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Stairs

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The stairs up in the [[ hotel // Grossinger’s Resort ]]. There was no banister!

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Grossinger's Resort Chair Room

Grossinger's Resort Chair Room

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

[[ Chair room // Grossinger’s Resort ]] (captioning these is getting tedious)!

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Grossinger's Resort Last Toilet

Grossinger's Resort Last Toilet

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

We looked in a lot of rooms. All of them were shells except for one part of a room, where part of the bathroom [[ remained // Grossinger’s Resort ]].

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Grossinger's Resort Liberty View

Grossinger's Resort Liberty View

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This [[ room // Grossinger’s Resort ]] offered a nice view of Liberty.

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Grossinger's Resort Elevator Motor

Grossinger's Resort Elevator Motor

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

In a little building on the [[ roof // Grossinger’s Resort ]] were 2 of these elevator motors. I was very surprised they were still there!

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Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Roof

Grossinger's Resort New Hotel Roof

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

On the roof of the newest hotel, looking back at [[ Grossinger’s Resort ]]. From nearest to farthest, we see: What was likely the ball room, the main hotel, the power plant, and the pool room!

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