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Location DB > United States > New York > Millbrook > Bennett College - Halycon Hall
Bennett College - Halycon Hall
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created by Drie on 11/17/2003 3:48 PM
last modified by fr00tCake on 1/25/2023 4:25 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The big, beautiful, timber building in the main pic above is gone :( Some less interesting buildings remain, for now....
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy - it's gone
Recommendation: forget it - It's gone!
 Physical Information
5 Bennett Common
Millbrook, New York
United States
Owner: Town of Millbrook
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    The sheer size of this place makes it cool. You can easily spend 5 hours in there and not see everything.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • Cops check this place ALL the time.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1893
    Closed: 1977
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • as of 11-04, there have been some motion alarms installed. They don't seem to summon anyone, but they are really loud.
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Pen and paper- It can be easy to get lost.
    The main building of Bennett College, Halcyon Hall, was built in 1893 by H. J. Davison Jr., a publisher from New York. The 200-room Queen Anne structure was designed by James E. Ware. It has five stories, a basement and sub-basement. Originally built as a luxury hotel, the building became home to Bennett College in 1907 after the hotel failed to catch on. The Bennett campus also included a chapel, stables, dormitories, an outdoor theater, and the Kettering Science Center, a state of the art building completed in late 1972. The cost of constructing the science building (needed to comply with new state science education requirements), along with other campus upgrades, contributed to the school's bankruptcy.

    Halcyon Hall was never reopened and quickly fell into ruin. When the heat was turned off, water pipes burst, causing major water damage throughout the building. Large portions of the roof have collapsed and trees can be seen growing through parts of the building. Halcyon Hall is a popular site for urban explorers and photographers, due to its structure and decay. Several attempts were made in the 1980s to develop the property but all failed and the title was taken over by Mechanics and Farmers Savings Bank. The bank failed in 1991 and its assets were seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Halcyon Hall was scheduled to be demolished in 2012. It is still standing, but with severe structural issues. Signs on a chain-link fence surrounding the ruined building say "Under New Ownership.”
    The property was purchased in 2014, with plans to tear down the remains of Halcyon Hall, and develop a park. As of 2016, the developers were not close to tearing it down.

    Adjacent to Halcyon Hall are the Bennett Commons apartments. These apartments were originally student quarters but upon closure of the school they were bought by a developer.
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     Future Plans
    June 3rd, 2020: demolition has not begun. However, under new owner ship, with a high fence topped with barbed wire and cameras.

    There are plans to demolish this structure sometime in 2011:

    November 10, 2010

    Bennett demolition to be completed by October 1, 2011

    Barring an “act of God,” property owner will have to follow timeline

    By Olesia Plokhii

    The attorneys for the Bennett property owner agreed that by October 1, 2011, six empty, deteriorating buildings that have like a plague haunted the village of Millbrook for more than three decades will be demolished and the property cleared of equipment, village attorney Rebecca Valk said Monday.

    A legal document stipulating the completion date is expected to be signed by the end of the week.

    Legal council for Louis Heithaus, the presumed current property owner of more than 300-square feet of the former Bennett College campus, including the six buildings known as the Halcyon Hall Complex, met with Valk and village Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin October 14 to decide on a timeline by which all work, including permit acquisition, the physical demolition, and clean-up, would be completed.

    “We suggested October 1 as a reasonable timeframe that allows a cushion if they need it, and they agreed to it,” Valk said. “But I want to emphasize that it wasn’t a joint negotiation.”

    “We proposed and they accepted.”

    A 30-day period given by the officer to begin establishing a timeframe to demolish ended October 20, Valk said, with it ending the period for the property owner to appeal the decision to demolish.

    “I made it clear to them that we could only consider an extension to the October 1 deadline if it were due to a third party hold-up or a major snowstorm,” she said.

    “An act of God, they call it.”

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    Thu, Nov 25th, 2004
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