WARRENSBURG An old building, thought by many to be an eyesore, was destroyed by a controlled burn last Saturday morning.
The former Riverview Lodge on River Street in Warrensburg has fallen into disrepair, and the property owner requested a controlled burn to demolish the remaining structure.
We do this on occasion, if we feel its safe, said Warrensburg Supervisor and Fire Company President Kevin Geraghty. Its been an eyesore in town for years.
I prefer to think of it as an historic building, said Warrensburg Historical Society President Steve Parisi. But if it cant be restored, theres not much we can do.
The Riverview Lodge was accessible by auto bus from Lake George and Thurman Station and was run by proprietor H.J. Turpin. It was known as a beautiful resort in the Adirondacks, on the Schroon River and near Echo Lake, probably around the late 19th and early 20th century.
It had all modern improvements, said Warrensburg Historian Sandi Parisi. Riverview Lodge offered its guests home cooking, with milk, eggs, poultry and vegetables from its own garden, Parisi said.
Outdoor amusements include mountain climbing, boating, bathing and fishing, Parisi said. And no consumptives were entertained. Consumptives were those afflicted with tuberculosis, a dangerous and contagious disease at that time.
In addition to that restriction, Parisi said that the Riverview Lodge took in Gentiles only.
Owned at one time by Daisy and Harold Turpin, called Riverview Cottage, Parisi said that Frank Cunningham owned it in 1913 as a boarding house, and he built a two story addition and new kitchen.