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The Carleton Island/Wyckoff Villa in upstate New York

Any DLers familiar with this place? I read about it years ago and have been fascinated by it ever since. The 15,000 square-foot mansion's owner, William Wyckoff, died the day after moving into the home in 1895. General Electric eventually acquired the property and planned to use it for company retreats and events, but this never came to fruition and the mansion was sadly left to rot after WWII. In 2022, a real estate agent from Florida apparently purchased it and is planning to restore it.

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by Anonymousreply 3February 11, 2024 10:02 PM

They should pay someone to take it. It will cost a fortune to restore.

by Anonymousreply 1February 11, 2024 9:55 PM

It’s on the Canadian border 5-1/2 hours from NYC.

by Anonymousreply 2February 11, 2024 9:59 PM

The new owner would be starting from the ground up, as the stone foundation and wood frame upper floors have deteriorated, and there are no utilities connected to the villa, although there is electricity on the island and water from the river.

You also may notice in the photos that the windows, doors, and pretty much anything removable are gone. During World War II, contractors were allowed to go in and take those things, leaving the villa open to the elements, according to the listing description.

Another complicating factor: The island is accessible only by boat. Materials, trucks, and equipment would have to be floated in by barge. This pushes up costs 30% compared with a similar job on the mainland, the agent estimates.

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