Shortly before I fell 3 stories onto my head.

The Adler Hotel is a 150-room, five-story hotel in Sharon Springs, New York,  that was operated from 1929 until 2004. Known for its therapeutic sulfur baths, it catered primarily to a Jewish clientele who traveled to Sharon Springs in the summers. Ed Koch worked as a busboy at the hotel in 1946.   The hotel was actually scouted as a possible location for the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining.  Today, the imposing structure sits on the south end of Main Street, empty and foreboding.

Though trespassing on the property is strictly prohibited, photographer Calvin Calloway risked life, limb and a rap sheet to capture these haunting images of Sharon Springs’ gilded past.

 

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  • By: Heather

    I had never heard of Sharon Springs until I got quite lost one chilly March evening… and happened to stumble upon the Adler Hotel standing above the town in the mist. My heart stopped, the energy of the place was so loud… full of stories that want to be told. I hope someone will write the book.

    It was The Adler that introduced me to Sharon Springs, and Sharon Springs that introduced me to the Beekman Boys, rather than the other way ’round. Thank you for the haunting photos of the grand old lady that captured my imagination (I did not risk the rap sheet myself).

    I don’t know that it is beyond restoration… the American Hotel is a testament to what can be accomplished with vision, passion and a whole lot of gritty, hard work. Although the Adler would be so on a much larger scale, it may yet be possible if the property were acquired by someone with a passion and a dream rather than a faceless investment group with no stake in its history.

    It is worth hoping.

  • By: Centralia Heart

    Hey, is anyone up for a paranormal investigation? I belong to KAPS, Kingston Area Paranormal Society. We could do it!

  • By: Jen

    A great book to check out if you are interested in such things is: “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From a State Hospital Attic” by Darby Penney. Great true stories of patients in mental institute, when people (mostly women) were widely misdiagnosed for all kinds of reasons.

  • By: Jen

    Beautiful. Always intriguing to see how things were just “left”

  • By: Beth

    I believe this hotel, as well as some other abandoned spas buildings in town, was bought by a Korean investment company several years ago. They had multi-million dollar plans to build up the area, but nothing came of it. Sadly, now many of the buildings seem beyond repair. What a waste!

  • By: Catherine Seiberling Pond

    We actually stayed in the Adler in the early 2000s while visiting some friends in North Blenheim. There was no room at any other inn and we got two rooms there, including meals if I recall. There were maybe 30 other guests, all Jewish, and the dining room was kosher. There was even a Borscht-Belt style comic in the large, mostly empty, hall on Saturday night. It was already showing signs of neglect. Our rooms had last been redecorated in 1970, I think (orange funky wallpaper), and the wood work outside was showing signs of dry rot. The entire village has been wonderfully revitalized but these large old summer hotels and boarding houses seem in ill-repair since the Sharon Springs spa went out. We toured those, as well, where many Hassidic Jews came to “take the waters.” I’ll never forget meeting a woman who said she had been in the camps and that she, and others, were able to visit the spa each year for its healing properties as part of their meager recompense for being in the camps. (I think I have that right.) It’s a fabulous area and I wish that we’d gone on our initial hunch, c. 2000, and bought property there. Instead we came to a farm in Kentucky! [Another note: my son and I, who had been at the Adler when he was a toddler, came through Sharon Springs in summer 2012. We drove up the driveway to see it, even though it was not very accessible, and stopped by the Beekman shop and met Brent. And now I've just learned that a great friend in New Hampshire has moved to Sharon Springs with her family in the past few weeks! Maybe we will get a summer home there if I ever win the lottery or write a best-seller..]

  • By: Betty Benesi

    I am curious as to status of property…is it in receivership or part of trust? I love old buildings and projects.

  • By: Kate's Daughter

    It looks like an incredible building. I am at a loss for understanding how it fell into such disrepair. Is there no hope for restoration? Could the incredible townspeople of Sharon Springs come together and renovate? Yeah, I know. Money and time. The two evils.

  • By: Judy

    I think it is too far gone for the building to be restored, but it is really a shame that it isn’t sold to a salvage company. All those chairs and fixtures could be salvaged.

  • By: Erin C.

    Beautiful old abandoned buildings are so sad. It is like a death when you think about how alive it once was. I get the same feeling when I see old family pictures in an antique store. It’s so erie how it looks like everyone just walked away and left everything there – a definite waste. It would be great to restore it to it’s glory, but probably just a pipe dream…

  • By: Yvonne

    Very sad to see something like this and I agree with others, why weren’t the furnishings sold off before it went to decay like it has? Someone else said even if it was restored it would only be needed during harvest festival, but with the growing interest in Beekman 1802 I think it would be busy all the time with people coming to town. I know I would love to spend a couple of nights in Sharon Springs, to see where the Fabulous Beekman boys live, go to the mercantile, and just enjoy the area. Maybe this will be the next business venture for the Beekman Boys?? :)

  • By: seule771

    There is the Sterling Inn closed since around the late 90s’ maybe a bit later. Not worth risking rap sheet; police are already aware and following me; they have file on me and I am black female. Thank you for sharing your haunts; each town has one similarly so.

  • By: Melissa Miller

    Whenever I see these kinds of photos, besides being saddened by the condition of the building, I never understand why there are so much still left in them like furniture that was never sold off

  • By: Keely W

    After almost 10 years of exposure to the elements (cold winters & hot summers) so much in that place is ruined. It’s so sad. Are there no salvage companies to pull the things that can be useful elsewhere? The owners around? I’m surprised they didn’t sell off anything…

  • By: ConnieW

    It’s so sad to see a once-glorious old building slowly die and waste away. It looks like vandals have trashed the hotel, administering the last disrespectful blow to a forgotten, neglected and despairing jewel of an era gone by. Just so sad.

    It seems abandoned far longer than 2004, and the last owners should have at least sold some of the things in it that were still in good shape. Restorers of old homes, antique dealers and salvage cmpanies would have been very interested, as well as the general public. Everything from wood trim to windows to mantles, sinks, chandeliers, other light fixtures, chairs, tables, toilets, mantles, brick from fireplaces, rugs, and so on. Its amazing how much could still be salvaged. Then, in a way, like organ donation, it could live on and be of service to others.

    Unfortunately, I can’t think of a reason anyone would put possibly millions into repairing and remodeling such a large building that would still sit mostly empty the majority of the year, only employing a sizable staff during the Harvest Festival. I know that the number of employees needed for that short time would not even be available in such a small town, much less to only be employed only long enough to prepare for the Festival visitors, during the Festival, and to clean up the hotel afterward. So I guess it is destined to eventually be torn down. Would still love to see it restored, though, just because of the history. If there are still springs there, maybe Donald Trump or some other adventurous risk-taker could turn it into a resort destination that could eventually support itself and regain the money spent to refurbish it. But thats not realistic to expect, I know, so those of you in the town will probably be witness to its implosion before too long. The euthanasia of a long-suffering old friend to Sharon Springs.

  • By: Beverly Nan Murphy

    Sorry, the bathtubs are way beyond spooky, Historical or no, I could loan someone a match. Beehive in the elevator? brilliant photography. If the point was to creep the viewer out, job well done. Got the shivers.

  • By: Deb Wilson

    I agree someone should take on the task of cleaning up a piece of history, what a beautiful building it was in it’s “Hay Day”…even with the Ghosts!

  • By: Shelley King Rogers

    Yeah….#34 is eerie! When we were there for the Fall Harvest Festival, we all thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if someone fixed this up…” but the millions it would cost would not be able to be recuperated — if invested by a private investment firm that would have to turn a profit. Maybe someone with endlessly deep pockets and a love for restoration and history will be a benefactor and rescuer of this stately inn. Where’s Warren B. when you need him?

  • By: JoAnn

    Isn’t it astounding how this building was just abandoned, in the middle of who-knows-what? Cups left out, a bed without sheets, etc. Like the life of the hotel was just interrupted….

  • By: Karen

    I would love to open it up as a destination holistic center,,like a small Lily Dale….with events all thru the year and special weekend. While I don’t sense any “spirits” while looking at the pics it has such good bones.

    • By: Carol Young

      I love your idea! We must first believe that it is totally unacceptable to tear a historic building like this down. I believe it is now owned by a Korean investment firm who may benefit from just owning foreign property with no incentive to restore it.
      For the time being, I feel that efforts must be made to repair the roof, etc. so there will be no further deterioration. Eventually, It will need someone with deep pockets and a passion for preservation, such as Pleasant Rowland in Aurora, NY.
      Once this history is gone, it’s gone forever……..just look at the old Penn Station in NYC. It took Jackie Kennedy to save Grand Central.

  • By: Linda

    It WOULD be a fabulous addition to Sharon Springs if someone could renovate and reopen this as a summer retreat for guests. I’d love to stay there with the ‘ghosts’ of visitors past.

    • By: Liz

      Linda, the Adler is enormous. It would cost millions to refurbish, and as popular as Sharon Springs has become in recent years, I don’t think there’s demand for a hotel of this size year round. Sharon Springs is so small, it’s hard to imagine what it was like then the Adler and all the other beautiful hotels were filled back in it’s heyday. The streets must have been mobbed. You can see a picture of the exterior of the Adler at this link, which should give you an idea of its size:
      http://substreet.org/hotel-adler/

  • By: john cruz

    I swear. If I hit lotto I would try to purchase and restore. Beautiful building

  • By: Ann-Marie Rutkowski

    Have always wondered what it would be like to peek inside. Thanks for giving us a glimpse. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the old place come alive again….

  • By: Princess Penelope Poopalatte

    Ooooh, the potential that can be seen in every photo! A little elbow grease could bring back some of its glory. You can actually FEEL some of the “spirit” of its past in some of the rooms. Lovely.

  • By: Liz

    Thanks for sharing this peek inside the Adler, which I’ve seen from the outside and wondered about. Perhaps they’re just not showing in the pictures, but there’s a surprising lack of cobwebs and dust bunnies in these photos. It’s like someone vacuumed up before Calvin’s visit. Kinda spooky.

  • By: Renée Milby

    Each time we passed this building I said, “Now there’s a story!”. This is a place that I would break into for sure! :-)

  • By: Barbara Schnuck

    what a wonderful old building. It would take a fortune to fix up but wouldn’t it be wonderful.

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