c. 1889 – Stamford, NY

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Added to OHD on 7/13/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   44 Comments
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7 Academy St, Stamford, NY 12167

  • $129,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 8 Bath
  • 7904 Sq Ft
  • 0.75 Ac.
THE MOUNTAIN VIEW HOUSE: This Former Inn has Limitless Possibilities for those with imagination. It commands the Grandest and most Complete View of Mountain and Valley to be obtained from any house in the Village, and only a short walk to all stores, post office, bus stop, etc. The Grand Entrance leads you to the Oak Staircase that goes up four floors with long hallways, and the rooms are endless. There are Ceilings made of Wainscoting, Wood Floors and Oak Trimmed Doors. Continue up to the Private Cupola Room which has Stained Glass Windows and Amazing 360 Degree Views. Convert this Old Gal back to Her former Glory Day's or make a new use for it...the possibilities are indeed Endless!

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44 Comments on c. 1889 – Stamford, NY

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  1. JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Very cool old place. The Stamford Historical Society dates it to 1889. Probably no heat for summer guests upstairs and shared baths on each floor.
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Sunday July 5, 1896 – Summer Resorts
    Most delightful Summer resort in the Catskills: all modern improvements, accommodate 70. Reduced Rates for May and June. For terms and further information inquire of Benj. McKillip, Proprietor. Brooklyn reference Oliver Johnson. junction Nevins st, Fulton st and Flatbush av.

  2. Phyllis Caldwell says: 44 comments

    What a beauty she was back in the day! Love the old photos. She definitely could be again, but not by me. For some reason, this place gives me the creeps. That doesn’t happen very often with me.

  3. Ross says: 2456 comments

    This property engenders significant lust in me.

  4. SueSue says: 1143 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    What a lot of work to bring her back. I cannot imagine what it would cost. I love the old photos. Why do people remove so much off houses?

  5. meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 26 comments

    I want this beyond all words. And no, I wouldn’t share a single one of it’s endless rooms. Sadly, I owe my place a life debt (or is it the other way around? The fumes and lead dust have addled my brain)…

  6. Jenni says: 7 comments

    Thank you Kathy for the wonderful childhood historical significance. Thank you Jim for the extra history and thank you Kelly for the post. I just love these old houses and the history.

  7. KevinB says: 133 comments

    love all the old pics in the link above. the Catskills must have been really cool back in their heyday. this place is so big it would almost be better if a group of artists or something could take it over and live in some sort of collective.

  8. Edith says: 10 comments

    I love everything about this house!

  9. Bethany says: 3480 comments

    One of the most fascinating set of pictures I’ve seen lately. My imagination is running wild! Oh how I would like to have seen this place in its glory days.

  10. BrendainWI says: 68 comments

    My first thought when I finished looking at the photos was, “they’ve killed her!!!” So much neglect, paint abuse, and general ickiness. What potential but oh! what labor!

  11. chichipox says: 217 comments

    Sometimes the junk in the pictures of the rooms is more interesting than the house. Sometimes it makes me want to armchair analyze the current occupants. Even though it is quite pretty I’m with those who get a creepy vibe. That’s not necessarily a minus though.

    • says: 65 comments

      chichipox, I agree with they analyzing and I wonder if they don’t understand what a wonderful gift it is to have such a terrific place in which to live. Itdoes make me sad though when I see a great old house filled with random stuff.

  12. Scott Bailey says: 58 comments

    love it… what a fun and interesting restoration job that would be..

  13. Julia says: 14 comments

    It looks naked without all of the porches…

  14. lara janelara jane says: 485 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I know it would take untold dollars to restore but I can’t help but WANT. I would be happy living in it as-is, to be honest.

    And I long for the days of summering in the Catskills. Let’s crank up The Contours and do some dirty dancing! 😀

  15. BrianO says: 39 comments

    These kind of run down Victorian former hotels and guest houses are all too common up in this part of the Catskills. I have a house in the neighboring town of Roxbury. There are two huge over-the-top, sister Queen Annes (former guest houses) on Main Street that are falling apart. One is vacant–one is occupied.

  16. David F. says: 43 comments

    Not a TB hospital. I found this online where they specifically barred people with pulmonary issues. (Also Hebrews and Cubans)

    • Cathy says: 2240 comments

      Wow, that surprises me – the latter constraints, not the TB part. Wonder when that sort of dsicriminatroy ban disappeared?, because by the 50s, I remember that a lot of the village’s summer visitors were Jewish.

      • JosephFortHill says: 367 comments

        The discrimination was common, and that was one of the reasons Jewish hotels/resorts came into being.

      • BrianO says: 39 comments

        In fact, the nearby village of Fleischmanns was developed by Charles Fleischmanns (of yeast and margarine fame) in the late 1800s as a summer resort for Jews in response to the restrictions elsewhere in the area. Lots of really nice Victorians in that village! Hasidic Jews still come to the village in the summer.

        • Cathy says: 2240 comments

          Yep, I worked as a chambermaid in Fleischmanns one summer during college.

          josephfh – Later dawned on me, re: the “Borscht Belt” of hotels/resorts that had sprung up – the Concord, Grossingers, etc. – south of Stamford/Delaware county.

  17. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Although this house/hotel is far from its days as seen in the vintage postcards (which themselves would be of incalculable value for restoration purposes) it still retains enough original fabric to make it completely restorable. Perhaps because of its off the beaten path location, (and maybe taxes) for most it would be a labor of love project. To continue it as a summer retreat would probably not be economically feasible today. However, perhaps as a local restaurant or Air BnB type lodging some income to defray the costs of upkeep might be possible. Any potential buyer/investor would need to do their homework if some financial return is expected. Ideally, it would be a labor of love for someone needing a large home. At just under 8,000 square feet, its relatively small for a lodge or hotel and about the size of many modern McMansions. Returning it to its postcard days appearance would transform it to the toast of the town but again, it squarely falls into the labor of love category. Heating and maintenance costs might be a deal breaker for some so best to come with a really sharp pencil and be prepared to do your homework. Might also be worthwhile to see if New York State has any preservation grants or at least some tax credits to offset what will surely cost some money to bring back. It would be truly sad to lose this one. Where others see “creepy”, I see hidden charm waiting to be reclaimed.

  18. Janet Vodder says: 125 comments

    Pardon my niativity, but why did these places die out, while Hotel del Coronado is still getting $3-400 per night???

    • Cathy says: 2240 comments

      No more passenger train service up from NYC to the Catskills – the last one ran in the 50s, and another guess: the arrival of air conditioning in NYC apts. & homes. No longer needed to escape to the mountains upstate, to stay relatively cool & comfortable. Seems to have been a cultural thing which eventually died out due to various reasons. Still doesn’t explain the Coronado. 😉

    • JimHJimH says: 4950 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Janet, Stamford was heavily promoted as a resort area by the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, which reached town in 1872. Before that, Stamford was a sleepy little place on the far side of the Catskills. It took most of a day to get there from New York City, either totally by rail or with steamboat or ferry connection on the Hudson. Guests usually came for a week or two, though some families stayed most of the summer with the husbands going back and forth to work. Stamford had a large enough summer population to support churches, summer schools, orchestras, professional theatre productions and lots of recreational activities.
      There were lots of factors that led to a slow demise. Shore resorts became more popular than the mountains, the automobile gave people more vacation choices, and later community pools and air conditioning encouraged more folks to stay at home. Most of the small hotels were closed by 1920, and the Depression killed off most that were left. The Rexmere closed in 1954 when the railroad stopped service.
      Renovating a big old place like this for commercial use as a B&B or inn is a daunting and expensive proposition made difficult by tough local codes, and the results are usually disappointing both aesthetically and economically. It makes more sense to take the project on as a family weekend and summer house, maybe with others sharing the cost and work. Having a big old house in the country to invite your friends and have lots of family around in the summer is a very cool thing, especially without having to deal with the Shore crowds or the Hamptons nonsense.

  19. Jerry Fisher says: 18 comments

    For some odd reason, the them song to “Somewhere in Time” started playing at the back of my mind as I looked over the postcards and exterior shots. I see a house that wants badly to be appreciated and pamper its occupants in turn. I’m not a very grounded man, so the romantic in me can see this as a destination to get away to some peace and quiet. I hope someone buys it and restores it as closely as possible to its former glory.

  20. Claudia says: 28 comments

    I absolutely love that someone made the top of the tower their bedroom! The views are wonderful and how fabulous to have such a space all to yourself!

    • Frank says: 1 comments

      That was my bedroom in 1958 – 1959 when my parents owned it. They bought it on tax sale in 1940, ran it as a hotel for five or six years, but it died after the war. They converted it to apartments in 1947. That was the best bedroom in the world! It was beautiful then – so sad to see it so run down.


  21. Stamford Fan says: 9 comments

    The Mountain View House is still salvageable but a few more winters will tip the scales. the Belvedere across the street was the last functioning hotel in Stamford until a few years ago..i hear that is under foreclosure. It is sad to see these few places that have managed to survive into the 21st century in such decline. The Westholm on Main Street has been purchased and I see some repairs being done there…although that is a huge project. The Madison crumbles on Lake Street wanting a new owner with vision and deep pockets. A slew of large Victorian style homes are on the market for rock bottom prices…some including a real stunner on West Main Street under stress and short sale. It surprises me that this group of late 19th century architecture just 2.5-3.0 hours from Mid-Town lies here wanting buyers. Stamford is a real “Sleeper”…with high speed cable, vilage services and plenty of water…where is everyone?

  22. RJS says: 9 comments

    Real estate sales in Stamford have been very brisk for the past year or so and many of the large Victorian homes have found new owners (even some of the forlorn foreclosed properties). It seems that, as Stamford Fan points out, the combination of village services, distance to Manhattan and bargain prices are hard to resist. I see a brighter future ahead for Stamford. Sadly the loss of the last few larger summer hotels will be part of that as they have gone beyond the point of no return. The Westholm and The Madison would require investment in the millions…sadly there is not a viable/economic use for these decaying buildings.

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