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 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 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 perspective buyers inside the old
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.
I would absolutely love to hear what other people think of my photography, especially this one, as it was the most dangerous location I have ever photographed so far.