When it opened in 1902, Briarcliff Lodge was America's premier resort hotel. Located some thirty miles north of New York City, this magnificent Tudor-style building was surrounded by dairy barns and greenhouses, all built by Walter Law, "the laird of Briarcliff Manor." Here, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were hosted, as were Tallulah Bankhead, Johnny Weissmuller, Jimmy Walker, Babe Ruth, and other luminaries. The hotel business declined in the 1930s, here and at other nearby resorts, but Briarcliff Lodge continued in use as the home of the Edgewood Park School from 1936 to 1954 and as the King's College from 1955 to 1994.
Author Bio: Rob Yasinsac is a lifelong Westchester County resident who documents neglected historic sites throughout the Hudson Valley in an attempt to save them. He works for Historic Hudson Valley, serves as a trustee on the boards of the Westchester County and Irvington Historical Societies, and is a member of numerous other historical organizations. With photographs from the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society, the Westchester County Historical Society, and private collections including his own, Briarcliff Lodge is a record of a New York landmark that disappeared from the landscape in a spectacular fire in September 2003.
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