Once up a time the gates below stood at the entrance to a magnificent luxury hotel in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Built in 1902 It was called the Briarcliff Lodge (see above) and was destroyed in a fire in September 2003. Although the lodge had gone the stone pillars that held the gates remained, apparently not damaged in the fire. However, the gates themselves had disappeared. They were a long way from the Lodge and were, in all probability, not destroyed in the fire. So, what had happened to them?

According to a local newspaper (See: Historic Briarcliff Lodge Gates Find New Home):

The two ornately designed gates, which stand over 8 feet high and 16 feet wide, were salvaged by the village after a major fire destroyed the main buildings on the site in 2003. At the time, the property was abandoned and had been the campus of the King’s College. For the past seven [the article was written in 2011] years the iron gates have been stored at the Village of Briarcliff Manor DPW [Department of Public Works] facility on Pleasantville Road.

It’s good to see them back where they belong.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Lumix G Vario 14-140 f3.5-5.6

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