Tea room in the Hotel Adler, 2008. Like the hotel depicted in my last post from the semi-derelict resort town of Sharon Springs, the Hotel Adler once had an elegant grandeur right out of Kubrick’s “The Shining”. But unlike that edifice, the Adler has not fared so well over the years - while the Columbia is in the middle of town, the Adler is on the outskirts, and thus is easy prey for the jerk-with-spraypaint crowd. This room, still showing its elegance in 2008 - four years after the final abandonment of the building - is now piled up with broken furniture; the whole building is full of puerile graffiti (swastikas, penises, “666”, “LOOK BEHIND YOU!”) and it’s hard to walk up the main staircase without tripping over the beds the have been thrown down it. Sadly, the Korean conglomerate that is using this 1920s resort hotel as a tax shelter would likely like nothing more than for someone to burn the place to the ground - so that they could reap the benefits of the insurance money. Thus, little effort is made to secure it. But in 2008, much of the beauty of the Adler remained - one could still go to a linen closet, get fresh sheets out, put them on a bed, and have a place to crash for the night. In scenes like the one depicted, one can imagine the vacationers who visited the resort sitting at tables sipping tea and socializing. It’s a shame that no effort was made to salvage what was clearly once a beautiful building.
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