Not long ago, an old matchbook laying on photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer's desk caught his eye. Or rather, it was the postcard-like picture on it, of a resort complex built in the 1960s. It got Pablo wondering how the then famous landmark looked now, and the answer has led him to make an amazing photo series called Abandoned States.

The vintage photo came with the title How to Run A Successful Golf Course, but when Maurer got to the place, it was clear the owner of Penn Hills Resort didn't follow that advice. He pointed the camera at the abandoned place at roughly the same spot and did a '5-decades-after' shot of the place.

Ever since then, Pablo was hooked. He ordered more 60s photo postcards from eBay and started going around the country, capturing these once beautiful buildings from old photos that now stand abandoned only as faint memories of what once was.

"The vintage postcards, have their own haze—the places were never as nice as they look. I often struggle to get the two images to line up, as well. But time blurs the difference and brings everything into focus."

Check the incredible series of before and after pics below!

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#1

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More of the indoor pool at Grossinger's. The tiled floor was heated, the entire structure air conditioned. Above, beautiful mid-century "sputnik" chandeliers cast a glow on the swimmers below. Below the pool are exercise rooms, a gym, salon and a host of other amenities. The pool has sat vacant since the late 90's and has fallen beyond repair.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Daniel da Silva
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3 years ago

Ok, this whole post would be so much better if we had static pictures, not GIFs.

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#2

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Grossinger's outdoor pool, olympic sized, built in 1949 at a cost of $400,000 (about $5 million in today's market.) Long gone are the private cabanas, changing room and lounges that used to surround it.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

it is returning to nature - not all bad

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#3

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The browns and reds and oranges of this Poconos dining hall's carpet have turned green, the color of the moss that's taken its place.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

wow those drawers or cupboards are still at the same place.. hmm

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#4

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The Homowack Lodge now sits abandoned on the southern edge of the famed "Borscht Belt." On its lower level, maybe the highlight of the place, a four-lane Brunswick bowling alley. It has seen better days. The resort closed in the mid-2000's but lived on briefly, first as a Hasidic resort and lastly as the site of a summer camp—one which was forced to shut down after the NY Department of Environmental Conservation deemed it uninhabitable.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

CatShatBrix
Community Member
3 years ago

The bowling alley is still intact and functional! Please put it back into use!

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#5

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Grossinger's indoor tennis center. The rear of the postcard is an ad for Grossinger's rye bread, a local staple during the resort's operation. Resort royalty Jenny Grossinger lays out the pitch: "The fun and fresh air people get here at Grossinger's really gives them an appetite. They love all of our food - and a particular favorite is our Grossinger's rye and pumpernickel bread. Now you can get this same healthy, flavorful bread at your local food store. Try a loaf. I'm sure you'll love it."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , FPC advertising Report

Mixedupste
Community Member
3 years ago

Surely and investor or contractor should be buying this and restoring it to it's former glory! look at those beams!! Stunning!

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#6

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Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

Very cool building! What is it?

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#7

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Sunbathing and swimming in the Poconos. Postmarked, 1967. "Dear Jonnie: If you were only here, I would take you out for a horse-back ride - or else we could go golfing. Be good until I see you. Dr. Waterman."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Caroline Huot
Community Member
3 years ago

It now looks sad!

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#8

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After a fire destroyed the main building at this resort in the Poconos, a replacement went up in the early 70's. It is a truly striking sight, a modernist spaceship tucked away deep in the woods.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

ugaas wiilhoog
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually like it, the trees add a charm to it.

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#9

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The indoor pool at Grossinger's, which opened in 1958. Elizabeth Taylor attended the pool's opening, and Florence Chadwick - the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions - took the first dip in it. From Ross Padluck's excellent "Lost Architecture of Paradise": "...The new indoor pool at Grossinger's was the zenith of the Catskills. Nothing quite like it had ever been built, and nothing ever would be again. It represented everything about the Catskills in the 1950s-style: extravagance, luxury, modernism and celebrity."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
3 years ago

I understand that no one wants to do the summer family resort "thing" anymore, but why wasn't it chopped up and developed into a Hamptons type resort area for the rich and famous? I'm not from the area, but it's still links like a beautiful, scenic place?

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#10

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The caption on the back of this Pocono resort's postcard touts this theater as the "resort world's most modern showplace." With a capacity of 1200, it remains splendorous even in disrepair. This postcard is also postmarked, and filled out. "Having a lovely weekend here. All pleasure - only exercise is rowing a boat and playing shuffleboard! Nice to be lady-like and not "rushing" about! We will see you soon."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

#PugLife
Community Member
3 years ago

That's awesome! It would be the perfect place for a photography project.

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#11

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The cocktail lounge of a now-defunct resort in the Poconos. "Peaceful relaxation - healthful recreation," says the caption on the rear of the card.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

A few chairs survived...

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#12

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Pablo Iglesias Maurer , H. Rubenstein Report

Liz dJ
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing that the lifeguard's chair still "stands"

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#13

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On the inside of the matchbook, some text: "Swim n' Sun Indoor Swimming Pool at Penn Hills Lodge and Cottages. The Poconos' Finest Modern Resort."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Unknown Report

Michelle Stetser
Community Member
3 years ago

Who is dumping trash into the pool??? How absolutely disgusting some humans can be. :(

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#14

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The Mies van der Rohe-inspired "Jenny G Wing" opened in 1964 and was among the last structures erected at Grossinger's. It was designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus—the man who near single-handedly created the "Miami Modern" look in hotels and, more locally, designed the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard and Associates Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
3 years ago

Not sure why that building has to go to waste?

Frank
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this place is out of the way. There are several resorts in the poconos or were not long ago. Rooms with champagne glass tubs etc. shag carpet. It was wild baby, yeah!

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Joel Hamilton
Community Member
3 years ago

What most people might not realize is this, the resort failed because it is not off of any major interstate. People have to realize back in the fifties and sixties and even early seventies when all the interstates were being built some of these Resorts were still clinging to life, but as soon as the interstates were built these Resorts started to fail. I will say this though now the amazing thing is people are trying to be retro and they don't want to do what's on the norm like Resorts along the interstate and so I do not understand why the owner of this property does not want to revamp it because if he did at this time it would be a major hit

Angel Peer
Community Member
3 years ago

Couldn't this be used as low-income housing or something now???

Markus McCloud
Community Member
3 years ago

The 2017 picture looks almost like something from Chernobyl... Spooky... O__O;

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks just like my old college dorm. Not very resort-y.

Liam Villavicencio
Community Member
3 years ago

I honestly like the look of it.

Jeff Davis
Community Member
9 months ago

Reminds me of some photos from Chernobyl

Myra Jackson
Community Member
11 months ago

Many times with buildings built back around the 50s the cost of redoing the structure or tearing it down now will coast way too much, mostly because back then asbestos was heavily used in insulation products and in products that helped with the acoustics of a room. Sadly, this makes demolition complex because they don't want the asbestos or other harmful toxins or molds that may be in the walls to enter the air, especially in highly populated areas.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
3 years ago

What a wonderful bldg! Why is it not being used? Perhaps for homeless? Or us Veterans? SOMEthing???

Nick Hovick
Community Member
3 years ago

It would have to be sponsored by the State or some huge philanthropic organization - funded independently and willing to go through the immense hassle of securing the permits, permissions and ongoing clearances from HEW, etc.

John Ronald
Community Member
3 years ago

Dreary souless modernist edifice even in its heydey....good riddance!

John Ronald
Community Member
3 years ago

Dreary souless modernist edifice even in its heydey....good riddance to this garbage.

Jayne Coney
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a shame there are abandoned places like this, when so many are living on the streets. Imagine providing a beautiful place like this for people to live in and look after.

Joan Rogers
Community Member
3 years ago

Why doesn't NY state or city this for "affordable housing" or shelters. Why is this structure sitting fallow?

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 years ago

Because it's far away from everything. And it would be extremely expensive to make habitable.

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Linda McWhorter
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like the Pine trees have mostly all died

Harold Ishoy
Community Member
3 years ago

This looks hauntingly like some of the abandoned buildings in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

La
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a gross apartment building.

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#15

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Stairs lead down to an abandoned theater in the Poconos. The curtain last fell here sometime in the early 90's

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

Ged Maybury
Community Member
3 years ago

Somebody turned off those lights for the last time, walked up those stairs, glanced back once, sighed, got into the car and drove away.

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#16

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Postcard caption: "Birchwood is the only resort offering three swimming pool facilities, indoor pool, outdoor pool and lake with beach. Pictured here is beautiful Eagle Lake, at the foot of the Village Green. Here couples enjoy the white-sand beach, chaise lounges, bicycle and row boats, and fish off its shores ... Six low-cost all-expense package plans include indoor swimming, airplane rides, movies, bowling, horseback riding, all winter sports and 40 other free activities!" More recently, the hangar at the resort's airstrip served a different purpose: cop killer Eric Frein made the place his home during a weeks-long manhunt and was eventually apprehended just a stone's throw from Eagle Lake.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Planned Color Post Cards Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

Is it weird to want to stay there now for free?

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#17

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A lane attendant at the Homowack lodge in the Catskills.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Catskills Institute at Brown University Report

iitchan yanyan
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought the guy will still be in the new photo. :)

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#18

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Looking down the side of that same 70's structure. "Ultra-modern building houses the dining room, cocktail lounge, lobbies and offices."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Maeva Dumena
Community Member
3 years ago

This album made me sad. Why were these structures abandoned? Who lost ownership why did no one else claim it? I want a historical accounting.

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#19

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A residential building at a Poconos resort sits in disrepair. On the back of the postcard: "Dear Bernie - Don't think we forgot you - but we're having such a grand time that post cards are a chore! This is the life & the place & the people are grand. We couldn't be happier or have more fun. See you soon! Love, Lou & Shiela.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Report

Kirsten Lee
Community Member
3 years ago

Such a shame to see such beautiful things go to waste these places aren't forgotten and never will be even when nature and things take over it will never be forgotten

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