Grand pianos, a vast shoe collection and creepy children’s toys: A haunting look inside a New York mansion frozen in time after it was abandoned in the 1970s
Just a few miles outside the overdeveloped metropolis of New York City, a crumbling relic of an era gone by remains untouched for forty years.
This 57-room mansion is entirely abandoned – but eerie traces of its past linger on.
A vast shoe collection, creepy toy dolls, and even a child’s stroller lie forgotten, frozen in time.
In a series of haunting images, photographer Bryan Sansivero has documented the mansion as it is now.
Built in the late 1930s, and last inhabited in the 1970s, the neglect is allegedly down to an owner who would buy lavish mansions and inexplicably leave them to rot.
Sitting on six acres of land, the house comes equipped with a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, two bars and a library – it is a realtor’s dream property.
And while the building itself is in need of repairs, the collections within it remain untouched.
This 57-room mansion, located just a few miles outside New York City, has been photographed in a series of haunting images by Brian Sansivero
Amazingly, even a vast shoe collection remains. The now-vintage women’s heels suggest the lady of the manor had style
A flurry of snow – that has presumably come in through an open window – shows how vulnerable to the elements this building now is
Eerie: An abandoned stroller sits near one of the many staircases, giving the home the feeling that it has been frozen in time
The peeling, stained wallpaper suggest that the building is in serious need of repair, and is at odds with the neatly arranged furniture
This elegant cabinet, complete with gold relief, would have been an impressive center-piece in the grand hallway
Dusty tomes still line the shelves of this oak-paneled study, while the faded settee may have been used as a reading space
All in a line: These mismatched chairs – all in a state of disrepair – may have once been used for entertaining guests
Grand entrance: The overgrown shrubbery and unkempt trees correspond to the mansion’s disheveled interior
But the double-staircase that frames a large plant pot give the entrance way an elegant symmetry that would have left an striking first impression
Dust sheets cover part of the floor in the large hallway and an abandoned ladder suggest that the last owners may have been in the process of decorating when they suddenly abandoned the building for an unknown reason
Although much of the furniture looks fairly dated, a television set and stereo give a nod to the last owners, who inhabited the place in the 1970s
An old organ, almost entirely fallen apart, is one of the many instruments that litters this abandoned New York home
Personal touches such as the fake flowers seen in several rooms breathe some life into the otherwise deserted rooms
The mansion was built in the 1930s and the neglect is allegedly down to an owner who would buy lavish mansions and leave them to rot
While the plumbing system will be long since defunct, a miniature picture and small pot plant show the bathroom as it once was
With high ceilings and huge french windows, this grand picture gallery clearly gets a lot of light, adding to its spaciousness
The lack of modern central heating is confirmed by the wood that still sits in the fireplace of this annex room
Another angle: The study is pictured here from a different viewpoint and shows an open suitcase and – bizarrely – one abandoned shoe
The photograph on top of this lady’s dresser may well be that of the owner or his wife and allows the viewer a better sense of the family that once lived here
Perfect symmetry: Two grand pianos perfectly frame the huge bay window of what appears to be the ballroom
While some rooms have stayed ordered, this cluttered hallway of broken furniture shows that the home hasn’t been cared for in a long time
The peeling room divider has an oriental design and may have once been used in a bedroom as a modesty panel
Graffiti lines many of the walls indicating that there have been many unwanted visitors since the owners last occupied the space over 40 years ago
This huge indoor tennis court would have once been a focal point of the property: Now it is a graveyard for old furniture
The sprawling mansion sits in six acres of land, meaning there is more than enough room for additional luxuries like the tennis court above