The photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer had fun finding the places from old idyllic postcards of the 60s, to compare these now abandoned places with their past grandeur. An amazing series, overflowing with nostalgia, which confronts us in a percussive way with time passing and decay.
These photos were taken in Poconos, Pennsylvania.
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#1 On the inside of the matchbook, some text: "Swim n' Sun Indoor Swimming Pool at Penn Hills Lodge and Cottages. The Poconos' Finest Modern Resort."
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, matchbook publisher unknown.
#2 A lane attendant at the Homowack lodge in the Catskills.
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, before image courtesy of the Catskills Institute at Brown University
#3 The indoor pool at Grossinger's, which opened in 1958. Elizabeth Taylor attended the pool's opening, and Florence Chadwick - the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions - took the first dip in it. From Ross Padluck's excellent "Lost Architecture of Paradise": "...The new indoor pool at Grossinger's was the zenith of the Catskills. Nothing quite like it had ever been built, and nothing ever would be again. It represented everything about the Catskills in the 1950s-style: extravagance, luxury, modernism and celebrity."
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard published by Bill Bard Associates.
#4 More of the indoor pool at Grossinger's. The tiled floor was heated, the entire structure air conditioned. Above, beautiful mid-century "sputnik" chandeliers cast a glow on the swimmers below. Below the pool are exercise rooms, a gym, salon and a host of other amenities. The pool has sat vacant since the late 90's and has fallen beyond repair.
Photo by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, historical photo published by Bill Bard Associates
#5 The Homowack Lodge now sits abandoned on the southern edge of the famed "Borscht Belt." On its lower level, maybe the highlight of the place, a four-lane Brunswick bowling alley. It has seen better days. The resort closed in the mid-2000's but lived on briefly, first as a Hasidic resort and lastly as the site of a summer camp—one which was forced to shut down after the NY Department of Environmental Conservation deemed it uninhabitable.
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard published by Bill Bard Associates
#6 The caption on the back of this Pocono resort's postcard touts this theater as the "resort world's most modern showplace." With a capacity of 1200, it remains splendorous even in disrepair. This postcard is also postmarked, and filled out. "Having a lovely weekend here. All pleasure - only exercise is rowing a boat and playing shuffleboard! Nice to be lady-like and not "rushing" about! We will see you soon."
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard published by Kardmaster Brochures.
#7 After a fire destroyed the main building at this resort in the Poconos, a replacement went up in the early 70's. It is a truly striking sight, a modernist spaceship tucked away deep in the woods.
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard by Kardmasters.
#8 Looking down the side of that same 70's structure. "Ultra-modern building houses the dining room, cocktail lounge, lobbies and offices."
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, poscard by Kardmaster Brochures.
#9 Another view.
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard by Kardmaster Brochures.
#10 A residential building at a Poconos resort sits in disrepair. On the back of the postcard: "Dear Bernie - Don't think we forgot you - but we're having such a grand time that post cards are a chore! This is the life & the place & the people are grand. We couldn't be happier or have more fun. See you soon! Love, Lou & Shiela."
Photograph by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, postcard published by Kardmaster.