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Bannerman's Castle: neglected 50 miles from NY on its own little island
Hard to believe that so close to New York a castle has been abandoned and today is mostly in ruins. While the exterior walls still stand, all the internal floors and non-structural walls have since burned down.

Pollepel island in the middle of the Hudson river has been the victim of vandalism, trespass, neglect and decay. Today, the castle is property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and you really wonder why it´s not restored and used as a tourist attraction. 

It was built around 1910 by Francis Bannerman as a storage depot and apparently he designed it himself. In 2009, parts of the castle collapsed. 

Remarkable story for an island so close to the most populated area of the US. Why has been it completely ignored by the state of New York?
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Wow. Restore it, get a ferry, charge a fee. Paid for in a very short time.
 
People ruin beautiful thing, to bad for all.
 
Amazing! So surprised that's where it is if I'm honest!
 
+Laura Waller - or just get a ferry, and don't bother retoring it. It's pretty amazing as a ruin!
 
+Andy Agnew Yes, it might be splendid, but I'd be quite happy to have a picnic while looking at the ruins - and maybe explore them if it's safe.
 
Ah but +Bruce Attah sitting on a rug looking at ruins or sitting at a 20 foot table feeling like a king. As much as a rug munch morning sounds brilliant, I prefer to sit with a bit of wood beside wifey,
 
+Andy Agnew  Splendid castles, splendid ruins, I like 'em both, but some ruins just kinda look perfect, and this is one of them. Maybe the ideal solution would be to build another castle on the island with a view of this one. Then we get the best of both worlds!
 
Really interesting. Usually people say they don't build things like this anymore, but actually they do (or did only a short time ago). The architectural equivalent to a prophet in his own countrty.
Indeed surprising that it already looks like it was bombarded in the Thirty-Years'-War.
 
+Max Huijgen the main reason nothing is being done is because of the massive and expensive amount of paperwork, surveys, environmental impact statements and meetings you would need to complete for dozens of different State of New York agencies. (I won't even talk about U.S. Government Regs, another minefield.) And the fact it is on an island on the Hudson river makes it even worse. The environmental regulations New York has about it's rivers are a builder/renovator's minefield, it's just easier to avoid it in the first place. And State of New York has no money to do it as a historic landmark. Sad but true.
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