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These Places Once Thrived On Love Until Love Left The Building. What Was Left Behind Is Haunting.

Just a quick 90 minute drive from New York City, the Penn Hills Resort in the Poconos was, as its ads proclaimed, "for lovers only." The honeymoon resort hit its stride in the 1970s, expanding the property to include tennis courts, an outdoor pool (shaped like a wedding bell, of course), an ice rink, golf course and ski run.

But after founder Frances Paolillo died at the ripe old age of 102 in 2009, things took a turn for the worse. The resort closed two months later, the resort owned over a million in back taxes and the property was in serious disrepair. The resort shuttered. The workers were never even issued their final paychecks. Monroe County has attempted to auction off the property, but it remains on the market.


Antiquity Echoes

Urban explorer photographers Matt Hurst and Katie Rey go deep into the heart-shaped pool of darkness as they photograph Penn Hills Resort in its current condition.


Matt Hurst


Matt Hurst

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Matt Hurst


Jonathan Haeber


Matt Hurst


Matt Hurst


Jonathan Haeber

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Jonathan Haeber


Jonathan Haeber


Jonathan Haeber


Jonathan Haeber

Credit: Roadtrippers

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