It was the “Paradise of Pocono Pleasure” in it’s heyday of the 60’s and 70’s, but now the Penn Hills Resort is a modern ruin.
Founded as a tavern originally in 1944 in the Analomink community in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, the resort flourished for over 40 years, growing into a honeymoon destination with over 100 rooms, some with heart-shaped bathtubs, round beds, and floor to ceiling carpeting. At one point the 500 acre property included a ski resort, tennis courts, archery range, an ice skating rink, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. After years of decline through the 1990’s serious financial problems ensued, and when co-founder Frances Paolillo died in 2009 (at 102 years old) that pretty much signaled the end for the Penn Hills Resort. Owing the county more than a million dollars in back taxes, the resort closed and fell in to disrepair. Flooding, theft, and vandalism have continued ever since as Monroe County has tried unsuccessfully to sell the property.
I spent a beautiful autumn afternoon with Brig tramping among the ruins – here’s some of what’s left:
The welcoming sign at Penn Hills Resort
Ivy, weeds, and window reflections
Brig walking among the ruins
We didn’t pick any berries
Krylon stained glass windows
That’s a 19″ RCA looking back through the skylight
“Sorry Folks, the Future is Cancelled!”
An old bathtub floats in the outdoor pool…
… and a lot more floating in the indoor pool.
Carpet and graffiti cover the walls in the lounge
The Jacuzzi sees little action these days
The not so happy hour at the lounge bar
The outdoor pool is shaped like a wedding bell
An old piano lays on its back as the sun sets on the Penn Hills Resort.