Why this antique-filled doctor’s house was left untouched for years

Venture inside an eerie physician's abode in Upstate New York
Venture inside an eerie physician’s abode in Upstate New York©Bryan Sansivero

Deep in the Catskill Mountains, a long-forgotten physician’s house lay empty for years. That was until, armed with his trusty camera, abandoned buildings photographer Bryan Sansivero captured the homestead in all its eeriness, right before it was sold and revamped.

Click or scroll to take a wander around the intriguing home and discover its many secrets…

An idyllic setting

Built during the 1930s, the Colonial-inspired clapboard house is located in an idyllic setting in the Upstate New York hamlet of Roscoe. A charmingly overgrown garden complete with a picturesque duck lake surrounds the mysterious property.

Reclaimed by nature

Nature had started to reclaim the green-gabled house when Sansivero paid it a visit. The once manicured lawn had turned into a wild meadow, while a fallen tree blocked the front door, as if to ward off unwelcome visitors.

Ramshackle exterior

Mould was growing on the clapboards, which were crying out for a clean-up and a lick of paint, and several windows were broken or wedged open, exposing the interiors to the elements and adding to the dilapidated vibe.

A hidden front door

Still, the adorable front door, porch lantern and cute canopy, including the green gables and shutters, were in a reasonably good state when Sansivero visited, bar the fallen tree of course.

A rich area for abandoned homes

Abandoned homes are fairly commonplace in the area. The infamous Dundas Castle, for instance, is just up the road from the property. Dubbed the ‘Castle of Sorrow’, the Neo-Gothic 1920s pile has been vacant since the 1970s.

Back inside this home, however, and the decor is not for the faint of heart…

Hunting enthusiast

Stepping into the living room, it’s obvious the former owner or one of the residents was a keen hunter given the tiger skin rug and stag head decoration that adorns the wall adjacent to the fireplace, not to mention the discarded hunting rifle.

At one time a tiger skin rug like this could be worth thousands of dollars but now it’s all but illegal to sell them.

A married couple?

A married couple?©Bryan Sansivero

In fact, the surrounding area is renowned for its big-game hunting opportunities. Though the chance of finding a tiger roaming the countryside is nil, plenty of deer, bears and other furry game inhabit this part of Upstate New York.

Taking a closer look at the mantlepiece there is a small framed picture of a bride, possibly with the father of the bride or the groom. We’ll never know who she is or what happened to her after her wedding day. Three empty bottles, a carriage clock and a copper kettle finish the tableau.

Big-game area

Big-game area©Bryan Sansivero

Walking through the house it’s incredible to see how much of the furniture and personal effects have been left in place. Upholstered chairs, and tables complete with lamps, it’s all still here.

It’s hard to understand how a property like this gets left behind…

Fine portrait

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