Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, Ponce Inlet, FL

Here is some history of the lighthouse, taken from their website:

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse began as the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse with the purchase of ten acres of land on March 21, 1883.  Construction occurred from 1884 to 1887.  The tower was lit with a kerosene lamp in a first order fixed Fresnel lens.  In August 1933, the tower light was electrified with a 500 watt electric lamp and the original first order fixed lens was replaced by a third-order revolving, flashing lens.  In late 1953, the lighthouse was completely automated.

In 1970, the Coast Guard abandoned the old Light Station and established a new light at the Coast Guard Station on the south side of the Inlet. Vandals did much damage to the Light Station, but two years later as the result of work by concerned citizens,, the abandoned property was deeded to the Town of Ponce Inlet.

In 1972, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association was founded as a non-profit, organization to restore and operate the property as a museum.  Through the efforts of the dedicated volunteers of the Preservation Association, the damage done by vandals was reversed and full restoration was begun.  The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is now listed as an operational private aid to navigation.

More information:  Lighthouse website

Location:  Google Maps (29.080629, -80.928045)

Tioranda Estate, Beacon, NY

According to this website, the Craig House was built for the Civil War officer General Joseph Howland in 1859, and called Tioranda, and was turned into America’s first privately licensed psychiatric hospital in 1915.  It was closed in 1999.

According to this website, the Tioranda School was built in 1865 by designed by Frederick Clarke Withers, a famous gothic architect.  The building operated as a school, a chapel, and event a medical treatment space during the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918.

I don’t know anything about the house I found on the property and also photographed here, but I presume it is related to the estate.


Sanita Hills, Pawling, NY

Sanita Hills was originally made for NYC sanitation workers (hence the name) by pulling old NYC rail cars, nicknamed Pullmanettes, into the woods and converting them into cabins. The cars came from the old Second and Third Avenue El elevated railway lines in NYC. Later the camp was taken over by the Boy Scouts before eventually being abandoned. At some point all of the cars were cut up and removed, except one.  These are photos of what remains of the camp at Whaley Lake.

More information:  Abandoned Hudson Valley

Remaining car – Google Maps (41.549786, -73.655748)
Some of the camp – Google Maps (41.556562, -73.653208)

Yonkers Public Bath #3, Yonkers, NY

I came across this building one day and could not resist photographing it.  According to this website, it was built in 1909 and is an example of a Second Renaissance Revival style municipal building.  The same website has a lot of information about the public bath movement in America.

More information:  Website

Location:  Google Maps (40.935369, -73.889152)

Former Arthur S. May School, Poughkeepsie, NY

This school was most recently known as the Arthur S. May Elementary School.  Previously it was simply the Arlington Elementary School, and it was originally the first high school for the Arlington Central School District.  The building was built in 1924.  The school is located on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The school district stopped using this location in June 2014 and moved the name of the school (Arthur S. May) to a nearby building.  The property is now for sale, as of 2017.

I particularly liked photographing the “Boys” and “Girls” entrance signs, and also the various staircases throughout the building.  It was kind of sad to read the final goodbye notes on the white boards, especially the principal’s (“pack my office”).

Location:  Google Maps (25 Raymond Avenue)