Fabulous Bennett College in Millbrook, New York was originally built in 1890 as a luxury hotel designed in the elaborate Victorian Queen Anne style by James E. Ware, and consisted of 200 rooms in 5 stories, plus a basement and sub-basement. Despite the grandeur, Halcyon Hall (as it was called) failed to catch the popularity it had hoped for. It closed in 1901, and stood vacant until another a buyer was found eight years later.
The Bennett School for Girls founder Miss May Bennett decided Halcyon Hall was quite suitable as a new home in 1907. The school had 120 students, most from prominent families. These women took a six year course of study – four years of high school and two years of higher study. Bennett School for Girls saw its enrollment decline in the 1970s as coeducation became more popular, and went bankrupt in 1977. Several attempts to develop the property have failed since then, and despite a petition to enter it into the National Register of Historic Places, the town of Millbrook has been working with developers to demolish the gorgeous building. See pictures of it back in its heyday here, and absolutely GORGEOUS pictures of it now here. And be sure to click on the image above to see it in all it’s looming glory. I think we all have to pitch in and buy it. Can you IMAGINE the fun we’d have living there! We’ll have seances and tea every Sunday! Oh please! Let’s do! Let’s buy it NOW! At the very LEAST, let’s all plan to meet there Sunday night and TP the place.