10 Totally Eerie Abandoned Mansions
Whether you're in the market for an abandoned mansion or just fascinated by the occasionally creepy stories they can tell, you've come to the right place.
Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Gary Lawrance, who runs the popular Instagram account @mansionsofthegildedage, says this 1897 house is "perhaps the most amazing mansion still standing and falling apart." Built in a Philadelphia suburb by architect Horace Trumbauer for industrialist Peter A.B. Widener, the 110-room mansion is now vacant and owned by the First Korean Church of New York. It could be yours though—the 34-acre estate is on the market for $15.5 million.
Halcyon Hall at Bennett College, Millbrook, New York
Built as a luxury hotel in 1893, this 200-room structure became the main building of Bennett College in 1907. The women's college closed in 1978 after going bankrupt. The property was purchased in 2014, and the new owners planned to tear down Halcyon Hall and turn part of the 27.5-acre site into a park. As of August 2016, however, the dilapidated building was still standing.
Wyckoff Villa, Thousand Islands, New York
The Wyckoff Villa, which is located on an island
Chaonei No. 81, Beijing, China
Known as Chaonei No. 81, this house was completed in 1910 and was reportedly built by the Qing imperial family as a church for British residents of Beijing. In 1949, after the Communists defeated the Nationalists in the civil war, a high-ranking Nationalist official who was living there is said to have deserted his wife (or perhaps his concubine
Château Miranda, Celles, Belgium
Also known as Château de Noisy, this mansion was built for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family in 1866, who relocated there following the French Revolution. It stayed in the family until World War II, when it was repossessed by Belgium’s National Railway Company. It housed sick and orphaned children until 1980, after which it was abandoned. Although there were a number of offers to buy it, the previously ornate castle was slated to be demolished last year.
Villa de Vecchi, Lake Como, Italy
Here’s another house with a sad story. Count Felix de Vecchi commissioned architect Alessandro Sidoli to construct a family home from his in the mountains above Lake Como in the 19th century. Sidoli died a year before he completed the project, and after it was completed and de Vecchi and his family moved in, the nobleman came home one day to find his wife murdered and his daughter missing. He committed suicide after fruitlessly searching for his daughter and the mansion passed to his brother, but it’s been abandoned for decades now.
Elda Castle, Ossining, New York
Inspired by the vision of his wife, architect Lucy Abbott Cate, Abercrombie & Fitch founder David T. Abercrombie built Elda Castle on nearly 50 acres in 1927. At one point the 4,337-square-foot home had 25 rooms, including servants' quarters. It sat empty for a number of years following the couple's deaths and fell prey to "damage from vandals including fires and paint poured on the marble floors," according to Country Living. Now it's for sale for $3.5 million, but buyer beware: the listing notes that the castle "is in need of total renovation."
Wyndclyffe Castle, Rhinebeck, New York
This 24-room mansion was commissioned by Edith Wharton's aunt in 1853 and reportedly inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" based on its influence on subsequent surrounding estates. It was abandoned in the 1950s and bought in 2003 before being sold for just $120,000 at a 2016 auction. Although it was once a nine-bedroom prime property with a Tiffany skylight, the home is now in ruins. Entire parts of it have fallen in, leaving a gaping hole in one side.
Liu Family Mansion, Taiwan
Also known as the Mínxióng Ghost House, this three-story baroque mansion was built in 1929. The Liu family, its occupants, reportedly abandoned it in the 1950s because it had become haunted by a heartbroken maid who drowned herself in the well. Another theory is that it’s haunted by Japanese imperial army soldiers who died in a battle on the site.
Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York
Located on a small island in the Hudson River about 60 miles north of Manhattan, the castle was constructed by
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