Adler

The Adandoned Hotel Adler – Sharon Springs NY

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold Walter Arnold)
“The Adler Hotel was a 150-room, five-story hotel in Sharon Springs, New York that was operated from 1929 until 2004. Known for its therapeutic sulfur baths, it catered primarily to a Jewish clientele who travelled to Sharon Springs in the summers. Ed Koch (congressman and former mayor of NY) worked as a busboy at the hotel in 1946.” Over the last few years a company has purchased the location with plans to renovate it, but lack of recent news/plans may indicate that the renovation has been put on hold for reasons unknown. -From Wikipedia

The Adler Hotel was the fourth and final location that we traveled to on our week long Urban Exploration trip in July 2010. Some last minute research by my brother yielded this gem of a location. We drove almost three hours from Elmira to Sharon Springs and had no problem finding the Old hotel on Adler Drive. We parked and walked up to the hotel and made our way in.

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The lobby had three beautiful sets of double doors with a windowed arch above each. The drapes softened the afternoon light that streamed through boarded up front doors.

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The front desk held many interesting relics from years past. An old switchboard that once routed calls for the hotel still had patch cords running everywhere and listings for local businesses that had long since closed their doors.

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

An old phone switchboard in the Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. This image was the grand prize winner in Ron Howard and Canon's Project Imaginat10n and inspired the short film "Out of the Blue" starring (and directed by) Eva Longoria. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

 

The main lobby divided the ground floor in half and separated the entertainment and the dining side of the hotel. The entertainment wing had a small game room with a few old puzzles and board games scattered around the floor.

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The main room on this side of the building was a small theater complete with an old curtained stage which was home to the bulk of the hotel’s old chairs.

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

On the opposite side of the building was a very large dining room and kitchen area.

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

 

We started to make our way up to the second floor and the guest rooms. The rooms were an unbelievable sight to behold. Every room had wallpaper and decorations from the 60’s and 70’s. The various designs of wallpaper in each room always were unique and quite humorous. Some had brightly colored garish designs, others had a silver reflective surface that was almost mirror like.  Whoever was the wall paper supplier for Sharon Springs must have had a hay day installing all these wacky designs.

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

Another thing that none of the rooms lacked was a vintage telephone. Most were jet black and only dialed the front desk’s switchboard; a few in the larger rooms had options when dialing out.

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold Walter Arnold)

 

Quite a few factors came together to make the Alder a fantastic place to shoot. The color coordination of the room’s carpet, sheets and bedding, and wall

paper, and the obviously recent use of many of the rooms by squatters and homeless. People who had used these rooms recently had taken the blankets and hung them up over the windows (presumably for privacy and also to keep out drafts in the winter). So in an already green themed room, the sun streaming diffusely through a heavy green blanket, made for magical color tones and light in the scene.

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

We continued through each room in the hotel, some rooms appeared more inhabited than others. We worked our way up floor by floor. It was in the upper 90’s, one of the hottest days of the year so when we arrived at the top floor the temperature became unbearable and we back tracked down the stairs.

 

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY New York. (Walter Arnold)

 

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-Written by Walter Arnold Photography. Photos by Walter Arnold Photography unless otherwise noted.

Thanks to the fellow photographers who joined me on this trip:

Will Arnold: www.twarnold.com

Andy Wheeler: www.adwheelerphotography.com

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8 Comments

  1. Awesome article bud!! I’ll try to get it on ABD soon. Busy, busy here in NY. Have a great holiday!

  2. These are great stuff. I don’t think we have anything like this in my neck of the woods. I am here on Vancouver Island BC. I really like your HDR treatments. Keep it up. I would love to find and old hotel like the ones you managed to explore. I will just have to keep coming back to your stuff. I had a site from an other shooter but have lost it, he was also on the east coast and went to a sanatorium as well as going over to Europe for shooting. Do you know of any other sites that may be interesting. Also tutorials would be great also. I just got back from South Africa and have been playing with some of the HDR’s. I will post them on my web site soon.

    Take care and happy shooting.
    Jerry

  3. This place is awesomly beautiful ! Great set of pictures !

  4. jersygrl

    When I think of all the needy people who could use those beds…such a shame. Those clawfoot tubs are awesome!

  5. Too bad you didn’t get shots of the old elevator. It was manually operated.

    • (Author)

      Eugene, we must have missed that! I certainly would have wanted to shoot that! There was so much here to photograph it was overwhelming! :)

  6. Scott Ashworth

    Also missing were pictures of the spa area, where many Jews from the German concentration camps would come every summer and soak in tubs with sulfer water and get massages, compliments of the German government. Some of them had their camp ID numbers visibly tattooed on their arms. As a teenager working there I didn’t fully appreciate those I was assisting. Ironically, the masseur I worked with was German.

  7. miranda

    Absolutely beautiful. The Adler was full of firsts for me. My first real job, my first experience and cherished memories of the hundreds of people who survived the holocaust, my first boyfriend, my first beer, bringing my first child there to meet the Yarkony’s and my wedding reception. This video really pulls on my heart! It also is full of memories of my family. My brothers and I worked there for many years. I especially look at the photos and still see my brother running the elevator and sleeping there on Fridays to turn on and off the lights and using the switch board. He has since passed and all the memories really are captured in these pictures!

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