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(Philly.com)   Want a historical piece of property around Philadelphia? It will cost $20 million and may need about $50 million in repairs and even then would have limited uses   (philly.com) divider line 31
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2014-08-10 01:15:05 PM  
If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.
 
2014-08-10 01:49:07 PM  
I thought they tore down the Spectrum.
 
2014-08-10 03:24:34 PM  
Old buildings get old. One can only fend out entropy for so long.
 
2014-08-10 03:25:01 PM  
Might know of a buyer
media.comicbook.com
 
2014-08-10 03:25:28 PM  
In a word - nope.  And that would be true even if I did have the money.
 
2014-08-10 03:25:49 PM  
Ugh, should probably just meet the same fate as Byberry.
 
2014-08-10 03:28:29 PM  
Home for the next wave of illegal immigrants in 3, 2, 1 ...
 
2014-08-10 03:29:12 PM  
If there's one thing I've learned from Downton Abbey, it's that an incredible amount of wealth is needed to build and then maintain these grand houses.  They don't last long once the money runs out and things aren't maintained.
 
2014-08-10 03:34:05 PM  
Ben Franklin slept with your mom here.
 
2014-08-10 03:35:04 PM  

Mad Scientist: If there's one thing I've learned from Downton Abbey, it's that an incredible amount of wealth is needed to build and then maintain these grand houses.  They don't last long once the money runs out and things aren't maintained.


Yes, and also: fark yeah, Michelle Dockery
 
2014-08-10 03:37:47 PM  
The whole city isn't worth that much.
 
2014-08-10 03:40:55 PM  
A balroom that can accommodate 1,000? At first I read that as "bathroom." thought, "Damn, that's big."
 
2014-08-10 03:45:35 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.


An image search isn't turning anything but shots of the outside, pretty much the same one as in the article or the same but different angles. It seems the article is right when it says almost no one has been in there in years.

Every other picture I'm finding is not really of this place, they're really just pages of lots and lots of "cool looking abandoned places in Detroit" and "1910 photograph of fancy sitting rooms in London" and "roofless churches of Washington DC"
 
2014-08-10 03:47:57 PM  

Ex-Texan: A balroom that can accommodate 1,000? At first I read that as "bathroom." thought, "Damn, that's big."


That's "Eyes Wide Shut orgy" level of bathroom. For that kind of bathroom you'd have to go $40m, not a cheap place like this.
 
2014-08-10 03:53:45 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: InterruptingQuirk: If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.

An image search isn't turning anything but shots of the outside, pretty much the same one as in the article or the same but different angles. It seems the article is right when it says almost no one has been in there in years.

Every other picture I'm finding is not really of this place, they're really just pages of lots and lots of "cool looking abandoned places in Detroit" and "1910 photograph of fancy sitting rooms in London" and "roofless churches of Washington DC"


Here you go Step Inside Abandoned Lynnewood Hall, Now Asking $20M
 
2014-08-10 04:02:56 PM  
I love grand old houses like that. If I was a multi billionaire I'd buy it and fix it up, just because I hate seeing grand old houses in disrepair.

Is there an American equivalent of English Heritage or the National Trust, which buys these sorts of things, fixes them up, and then opens them to the public? Do Americans care about some railcar magnates opulent home?
 
2014-08-10 04:03:59 PM  
I like how the service areas and corridors are arranged to minimize the staff's effects on the main areas of the house. Too bad the place ran into trouble.
 
2014-08-10 04:06:30 PM  
I'll put in a bid to demo it when it comes time.
 
2014-08-10 04:29:42 PM  

jamspoon: Here you go Step Inside Abandoned Lynnewood Hall, Now Asking $20M


That's a really nice link. Thanx!

Too bad subby couldn't be bothered. I can't imagine the admins linkswapped out in favor of philly.com for those clickpennies.
 
2014-08-10 05:01:38 PM  
This is what usually happens to those uppity nouveau riche poseurs.

Probably one of their ilk, a "Sovereign Citizen" squatter, will move in and tie up the property until it falls down.
 
2014-08-10 05:01:44 PM  
We also have the United States berthed down by Ikea. I'd love to know what dbag in charge of it has on whoever that they can keep on insisting in the media that rusted hulk has any value beyond scrap.
 
2014-08-10 05:06:06 PM  
I thought this was going to be about the SS United States, but I guess Philly has many treasures that have gone derelict.  Pretty much sums up the place.....
 
2014-08-10 05:27:31 PM  

Slaxl: I love grand old houses like that. If I was a multi billionaire I'd buy it and fix it up, just because I hate seeing grand old houses in disrepair.

Is there an American equivalent of English Heritage or the National Trust, which buys these sorts of things, fixes them up, and then opens them to the public? Do Americans care about some railcar magnates opulent home?


Having recently traipsed through the Biltmore House with the herds of great unwashed, I am torn by your suggestion. There's the simple beauty of preserving something for all the right reasons of course. Then there's the "Honey Boo Boo" Effect....I listened to a lady gasp in outrage as a guide explained that the family would gather in the library with their dogs in the evenings. Said woman wanted to know why they allowed dogs on all these antiques if paying guests (us) weren't even allowed to sit on the chairs. Complete with indignant gum popping and flip flop toe tapping to accentuate her point.
 
2014-08-10 05:44:26 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.


Exterior


Interior
 
2014-08-10 05:50:51 PM  

jamspoon: Here you go Step Inside Abandoned Lynnewood Hall, Now Asking $20M


OT1H, that's still really nice. Just a lot of paint fallen off of everything. OTOH that's like five pictures from a sprawling house big enough for a small town to live in. I see the chapel, schoolroom, and what looks like the jail. Where's the slave quarters? I'd like to see the rest before I buy.
 
2014-08-10 06:06:52 PM  

jamspoon: Fark like a Barsoomian: InterruptingQuirk: If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.

An image search isn't turning anything but shots of the outside, pretty much the same one as in the article or the same but different angles. It seems the article is right when it says almost no one has been in there in years.

Every other picture I'm finding is not really of this place, they're really just pages of lots and lots of "cool looking abandoned places in Detroit" and "1910 photograph of fancy sitting rooms in London" and "roofless churches of Washington DC"

Here you go Step Inside Abandoned Lynnewood Hall, Now Asking $20M


That doesn't look nearly as bad as I thought. it would make a great multipurpose set for a movie studio if it wasn't in Philly. George Romero doesn't have that kind of money.
 
2014-08-10 06:24:40 PM  

ShutYerBeak: Slaxl: I love grand old houses like that. If I was a multi billionaire I'd buy it and fix it up, just because I hate seeing grand old houses in disrepair.

Is there an American equivalent of English Heritage or the National Trust, which buys these sorts of things, fixes them up, and then opens them to the public? Do Americans care about some railcar magnates opulent home?

Having recently traipsed through the Biltmore House with the herds of great unwashed, I am torn by your suggestion. There's the simple beauty of preserving something for all the right reasons of course. Then there's the "Honey Boo Boo" Effect....I listened to a lady gasp in outrage as a guide explained that the family would gather in the library with their dogs in the evenings. Said woman wanted to know why they allowed dogs on all these antiques if paying guests (us) weren't even allowed to sit on the chairs. Complete with indignant gum popping and flip flop toe tapping to accentuate her point.


Haha, that's the funniest thing I've ever heard. Today. I hope she was roundly mocked. Hell, it's America, I hope you shot her.
 
2014-08-10 07:00:01 PM  
Well, Zillow's Zestimate(TM) is less than $240k, so it should go quickly, right?

Seriously, it's a damn shame a property that elegant went to hell.  But if your wealth exceeds your taste or your common sense, you will end up with a house that won't last a century because it's too damn big.

/Damn.
 
2014-08-10 09:25:13 PM  
Might be a nice place to set up new Sex Caldron.
 
2014-08-10 09:32:02 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: InterruptingQuirk: If there was ever an article in need of photos, this one would be near the top of the list.

Exterior


Someone else shared that interior link which was really nice, but that collection of exterior shots was exhaustive. These two snaps really tell the story of that place:

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2014-08-11 03:58:01 PM  
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