在儿子和孙子在泰坦尼克号上去世之前建立的家族豪宅大亨

泰坦尼克号的沉没如何毁掉一个王朝: 令人难以忘怀的照片显示,在儿子和孙子去世之前,百万富翁大亨为他的家人建造的废弃的宾夕法尼亚豪宅 1912 灾害

  • Photos captured by an urban explorer reveal the sad state of Lynnewood Hall in the US state of Pennsylvania
  • Inspired by English stately home Prior Park in Bath, 萨默塞特郡, it featured 110 rooms and a swimming pool
  • Was built by millionaire tycoon Peter Widener, who intended to pass it on to his on George
  • But George and grandson Harry, who was also in line to inherit property, were killed in when Titanic sank
  • Vessel was on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York when it hit an ice berg on April 14, 1912
  • It was meant to be the ancestral home of a new American dynasty, but the sinking of the Titanic left this mansion destined for dereliction.

    Photos captured by an urban explorer reveal the sad state of Lynnewood Hall in the US state of 宾夕法尼亚州.

    豪宅, which was described as an ‘American Versailles’, was completed in 1900 at a cost of $8m – an estimated $260m (£190m) in today’s money.

    Inspired by English stately home Prior Park in Bath, 萨默塞特郡, it featured 110 房间, as well as a swimming pool, wine cellars, a farm, a power plant, and a ballroom big enough for 1,000 来宾.

    It was supposed to be a family estate, passing from Peter Widener, a streetcar tycoon, to his son, 乔治, and then his grandson, 哈里.

    But both heirs were lost when the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in the early hours of April 15, 1912, after hitting an ice berg in the freezing Atlantic ocean.

    When Peter Widener died three years later, 老化的 80, the New York Times said he succumbed to ‘old age and deep sorrow caused by the loss of his son and his grandson in the Titanic disaster’.

    今天, Lynnewood Hall stands almost totally empty. Pictures taken by a 24-year-old photographer, who shares her work under the pseudonym Life Is Decay, reveal its interior.

    It was meant to be the ancestral home of a new American dynasty, but the sinking of the Titanic left this mansion destined for dereliction. Photos captured by an urban explorer reveal the sad state of Lynnewood Hall in the US state of Pennsylvania

    It was meant to be the ancestral home of a new American dynasty, but the sinking of the Titanic left this mansion destined for dereliction. Photos captured by an urban explorer reveal the sad state of Lynnewood Hall in the US state of Pennsylvania

    豪宅, which was described as an 'American Versailles', was completed in 1900 at a cost of $8m – an estimated $260m (£190m) in today's money. It was built by Streetcar tycoon Peter Widener

    It was supposed to be a family estate. It would have passed from Peter Widener to his son, 乔治 (以上)

    Upon George's death the home would have been inherited by George's son Harry, but both heirs were lost when the Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912

    The home was supposed to be a family estate, passing from Peter Widener (剩下), a streetcar tycoon, to his son, 乔治 (中间), and then his grandson, 哈里. But both heirs were lost when the Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912

    ‘The building is in various stages of decay depending on where you go,’ 她说.

    ‘The great hall is pretty much still perfectly intact.

    ‘But other places, like the Van Dyck gallery, are almost unrecognizable – other then the middle of the ceiling, which is still immaculate.

    ‘Some places don’t even look abandoned, yet others are extremely decayed.

    ‘I don’t think any one room is beyond repair, though I know it will be a hefty bill to restore it all at once – it’s estimated to be somewhere between $8m and $50m.

    George Widener had travelled to Paris, 法国, 在 1912, 与他的妻子, Eleanor, 和他的儿子, 哈里, to find a new chef for the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia – a hotel owned by the family.

    豪宅, which was described as an 'American Versailles', was completed in 1900 at a cost of $8m – an estimated $260m (£190m) in today's money. 以上: The grand home in its heyday

    豪宅, which was described as an ‘American Versailles’, was completed in 1900 at a cost of $8m – an estimated $260m (£190m) in today’s money. 以上: The grand home in its heyday

    Inspired by Prior Park (以上) in Bath, 萨默塞特郡, it featured 110 房间, including a swimming pool, wine cellars, a farm, a power plant, and a ballroom big enough for 1,000 来宾

    Inspired by Prior Park (以上) in Bath, 萨默塞特郡, it featured 110 房间, including a swimming pool, wine cellars, a farm, a power plant, and a ballroom big enough for 1,000 来宾

    George Widener had travelled to Paris, 法国, 在 1912, 与他的妻子, Eleanor, 和他的儿子, 哈里, to find a new chef for the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia – a hotel owned by the family. They would make their journey home - via the UK - aboard the Titanic (pictured in Southampton shortly before it set sail) - a ship Peter Widener had invested in

    George Widener had travelled to Paris, 法国, 在 1912, 与他的妻子, Eleanor, 和他的儿子, 哈里, to find a new chef for the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia – a hotel owned by the family. They would make their journey homevia the UKaboard the Titanic (pictured in Southampton shortly before it set sail) – a ship Peter Widener had invested in

    After Peter's death, his only surviving son, 约瑟夫, inherited Lynnewood Hall and its grand art collection – preserving the estate's elegance for a time. 但今天, Lynnewood Hall stands almost totally empty. Pictures taken by a 24-year-old photographer, who shares her work under the pseudonym Life Is Decay, reveal its interior

    After Peter’s death, his only surviving son, 约瑟夫, inherited Lynnewood Hall and its grand art collection – preserving the estate’s elegance for a time. 但今天, Lynnewood Hall stands almost totally empty. Pictures taken by a 24-year-old photographer, who shares her work under the pseudonym Life Is Decay, reveal its interior

    They would make their journey homevia the UKaboard the Titanic – a ship Peter Widener had invested in.

    According to a news report written in the Daily Mail shortly after the disaster, George also owned a ‘large number of works of art which were displayed on the Titanic, along with a piece of Sevres China bought in London for a ‘large sum’.

    On the night of April 14, George hosted a party aboard the doomed vessel, with captain Edward Smith as his guest of honour.

    Smith reputedly left early, excusing himself to check reports of icebergs ahead, just hours before the ship was struck.

    Eleanor boarded a lifeboat and was later rescued by the RMS Carpathia. But George, 50, 和哈利, 27, remained behind. They were never seen again.

    After Peter’s death, his only surviving son, 约瑟夫, inherited Lynnewood Hall and its grand art collection – preserving the estate’s elegance for a time.

    An account of a party at Lynnewood, published by Time magazine in 1932, described how '100 of the country's richest men' met in a ballroom with 'Louis XV and XVI furniture'. But neither of Joseph's two children wanted to inherit the mansion when he died in 1943. 以上: The wrecked former Van Dyke Gallery

    An account of a party at Lynnewood, published by Time magazine in 1932, described how ‘100 of the country’s richest menmet in a ballroom with ‘Louis XV and XVI furniture’. But neither of Joseph’s two children wanted to inherit the mansion when he died in 1943. 以上: The wrecked former Van Dyke Gallery

    Peter Widener II, the older of the Joseph Widener's sons, called the home a 'mausoleum' in his memoir. He recalled saying: 'It's a museum, not a home. It's as cold and as formal as if real people didn't live here'. 以上: One of the home's reception rooms

    Peter Widener II, the older of the Joseph Widener’s sons, called the home a ‘mausoleumin his memoir. He recalled saying: ‘It’s a museum, not a home. It’s as cold and as formal as if real people didn’t live here’. 以上: One of the home’s reception rooms

    在 1944, Peter II and his cousins – the surviving children of George Widener – sold the house and auctioned off its remaining contents. Lynnewood has been mostly empty since 1952, when it was purchased by a theological seminary that started selling off its interior detailing. 以上: The former ballroom was converted into a chapel

    在 1944, Peter II and his cousins – the surviving children of George Widener – sold the house and auctioned off its remaining contents. Lynnewood has been mostly empty since 1952, when it was purchased by a theological seminary that started selling off its interior detailing. 以上: The former ballroom was converted into a chapel

    The ballroom was once decorated with lavish furniture, expensive paintings and glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

    The ballroom was once decorated with lavish furniture, expensive paintings and glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

    The home's magnificent art collection – which featured, 除其他外, eight Van Dycks, two Vermeers and fourteen Rembrandts – had was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. 以上: The grand hall as it looks now

    The home’s magnificent art collection – which featured, 除其他外, eight Van Dycks, two Vermeers and fourteen Rembrandts – had was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. 以上: The grand hall as it looks now

    A black and white photo shows the Grand Hall as it looked when the property was owned by the Widener family. Grand furniture, chandeliers and plush rugs deck out the space

    A black and white photo shows the Grand Hall as it looked when the property was owned by the Widener family. Grand furniture, chandeliers and plush rugs deck out the space

    An account of a party at Lynnewood, published by Time magazine in 1932, described how ‘100 of the country’s richest menmet in a ballroom with ‘Louis XV and XVI furniture’.

    But neither of Joseph’s two children wanted to inherit the mansion when he died in 1943.

    Peter Widener II, the older of the two, called it a ‘mausoleumin his memoir.

    He recalled saying: ‘It’s a museum, not a home. It’s as cold and as formal as if real people didn’t live here.

    在 1944, Peter II and his cousins – the surviving children of George Widener – sold the house and auctioned off its remaining contents.

    即使现在, the home retains a faded grandeur. 'We don't have abandoned structures like this in America really,' said Kara, the urban explorer who runs the Life is Decay Instagram page. 以上: The fireplace in the reception room

    即使现在, the home retains a faded grandeur. ‘We don’t have abandoned structures like this in America really,’ said Kara, the urban explorer who runs the Life is Decay Instagram page. 以上: The fireplace in the reception room

    Photographer Kara added: 'There's nothing compared to it that I've found. There's a lot of cool mansions overseas, and there's some here too – but none in America have such a history and are seemingly forgotten about'

    Photographer Kara added: ‘There’s nothing compared to it that I’ve found. There’s a lot of cool mansions overseas, and there’s some here too – but none in America have such a history and are seemingly forgotten about

    The once grand dining room is now filled with cheap tables and chairs. At one time, the room would have been the setting for grand dinner parties and family gatherings

    The once grand dining room is now filled with cheap tables and chairs. At one time, the room would have been the setting for grand dinner parties and family gatherings

    The bathroom is fitted with a grand stone bath and plush sink fixture, but missing paint patches on the walls betray the fact that the stately home has long been empty

    The bathroom is fitted with a grand stone bath and plush sink fixture, but missing paint patches on the walls betray the fact that the stately home has long been empty

    What was once the main gallery is now decked out with basic wooden bookshelves, all of which are empty

    What was once the main gallery is now decked out with basic wooden bookshelves, all of which are empty

    The Grand Hall, complete with its chequered stone floor, is still in good condition, despite the terrible state of some of the rooms in the property

    The Grand Hall, complete with its chequered stone floor, is still in good condition, despite the terrible state of some of the rooms in the property

    This room has clearly seen better days. Both the ceilings and walls have severe damage from where paint and wallpaper has fallen away. Against the wall, an old sofa is covered in dust

    This room has clearly seen better days. Both the ceilings and walls have severe damage from where paint and wallpaper has fallen away. Against the wall, an old sofa is covered in dust

    The former breakfast room is now mostly empty, besides a few cheap wooden chairs and a large mirror looming above the fireplace

    The former breakfast room is now mostly empty, besides a few cheap wooden chairs and a large mirror looming above the fireplace

    The kitchen cupboards are still filled with bowls and other items, but the units themselves are rickety and grimy

    The kitchen cupboards are still filled with bowls and other items, but the units themselves are rickety and grimy

    Its magnificent art collection – which featured, 除其他外, eight Van Dycks, two Vermeers and fourteen Rembrandts – had already been donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

    Lynnewood has been mostly empty since 1952, when it was purchased by a theological seminary that started selling off its interior detailing.

    But even now, it retains a faded grandeur.

    ‘We don’t have abandoned structures like this in America really,’ said Kara, the urban explorer who runs the Life is Decay Instagram page.

    ‘There’s nothing compared to it that I’ve found. There’s a lot of cool mansions overseas, and there’s some here too – but none in America have such a history and are seemingly forgotten about.

    ‘Usually they’re turned into museums, wedding venues etc. Usually the owner will try to capitalize off the grounds in some way.

    The exterior of the property is now overgrown, but the home's Palladian design - inspired by Prior Park in Somerset - is clearly visible

    The exterior of the property is now overgrown, but the home’s Palladian designinspired by Prior Park in Somersetis clearly visible

    According to a news report written in the Daily Mail shortly after the disaster, George also owned a 'large number of works of art which were displayed on the Titanic, along with a piece of Sevres China bought in London for a 'large sum'

    According to a news report written in the Daily Mail shortly after the disaster, George also owned a ‘large number of works of art which were displayed on the Titanic, along with a piece of Sevres China bought in London for a ‘large sum

    The horrific 1912 Titanic tragedy

    Constructed by Belfast-based shipbuilders Harland and Wolff between 1909 和 1912, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat of her time.

    Owned and operated by the White Star Line, the passenger vessel set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 10, 1912.

    The liner made two short stops en route to her planned Atlantic crossing — one at the French port of Cherbourg, the other at Cork Harbour, 爱尔兰, where smaller vessels ferried passengers on and off board the Titanic.

    Nearly five days into her voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg at around 23:40 当地时间, generating six narrow openings in the vessel’s starboard hull, believed to have occurred as a result of the rivets in the hull snapping.

    At just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg while travelling on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Within three hours, the 'unsinkable' ship had slipped beneath the waves of the freezing Atlantic Ocean, 杀死比 1,500 人

    At just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg while travelling on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Within three hours, the ‘unsinkableship had slipped beneath the waves of the freezing Atlantic Ocean, 杀死比 1,500 人

    The Titanic took on water some fifteen times faster than could be pumped out, with the hull damage proving too extensive for the vessel’s watertight bulkheads to keep the flooding from spreading across the liner’s compartmentalised lower decks.

    After around two-and-a-half hours, the vessel broke into two sections and sank, each settling to the seafloor around a third of a mile apart.

    周围 1,500 people were believed lost in the tragedy, including around 815 of the liner’s passengers.

    The ship's main feature was the Grand Staircase. It was built from English solid oak, and enhanced with wrought iron. The decorated glass domes above were designed to let in as much natural light as possible

    The ship’s main feature was the Grand Staircase. It was built from English solid oak, and enhanced with wrought iron. The decorated glass domes above were designed to let in as much natural light as possible

    At its launch, the luxurious Titanic was the largest ship in the world, and was carrying some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of people from Britain, 爱尔兰, and elsewhere who were seeking a new life in the United States.

    Eight Chinese men were on board and six survived, landing in New York three days later aboard the Carpathia, the first ship to arrive at the scene of the disaster.

    Under the United StatesChinese Exclusion Act, the men were transferred 24 hours later to a British steamship and sent to Cuba

    Nearly five days into her voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg at around 23:40 当地时间, generating six narrow openings in the vessel's starboard hull, believed to have occurred as a result of the rivets in the hull snapping. 图为, the iceberg which is believed to have sunk the Titanic

    Nearly five days into her voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg at around 23:40 当地时间, generating six narrow openings in the vessel’s starboard hull, believed to have occurred as a result of the rivets in the hull snapping. 图为, the iceberg which is believed to have sunk the Titanic

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