White Lake Mansion House to be torn down

The aging Mansion House in White Lake has a date with destiny, according to developer Pawel Efraimov, who is planning to tear it down as soon as he gets the final go-ahead from the Bethel's Planning Board.

The Times Herald-Record reports that Town Supervisor Daniel Sturm is on board:

The developer would tear down the deteriorating mansion, which was built in the 1800s. Sturm said it would be too costly to restore it.

The Mansion House has been the darling of those who love the look of decaying grandeur. There are several luscious photos of the structure on Flickr.

White Lake Mansion House. Digital ID: G91F127_011ZF. New York Public Library

Apparently, the Mansion House was quite the sight in the 1800s. Here's a stereoscopic (that's old-timey 3D) photograph of the building in the mid-1800s, from the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the New York Public Library.

The resort still looked good in 1919, when a vintage postcard featuring it -- and some vintage wish-you-were-here sentiments -- was mailed to England.