Abandoned Paramount Hotel Parksville Ny
Best Western Paramount Hotel
The Gasthalter family first moved to Parksville in 1905, and the famed resort actually began as a farmhouse.
To offset the cost of farming, the family took on boarders, adding buildings over the years to keep up with the increasing numbers of faithful vacationers.
“Eventually it became a seasonal hotel,
Under the current management of Fred Gasthalter, the property has been enhanced to become a fairly large hotel.
In 2000, it caught fire
“The 96-year-old Paramount Hotel survived the demise of the Borscht Belt, but an early-morning fire devoured the landmark.
In what was termed a minor miracle by those on the site of the 3 a.m. blaze, 250 guests, most of them elderly and some partly disabled, were roused from their rooms and evacuated by bus from the mountainside resort, all without injury.
The hotel’s core buildings, including a two-story office and lobby, plus the kitchen, dining rooms and meeting rooms, were wiped out. The fire is said to have started in the kitchen and destroyed more than two-thirds of the place.
Hundreds of firefighters from 16 fire companies worked the blaze for more than 12 hours, staying on into the afternoon while excavators removed collapsed wreckage to prevent a rekindle.
Many of the 186 rooms that branched out from the main building were saved, but smoke and water damaged those, too.”
The owners tried to rebuild it , with great hopes, but in an effort to rebuild, Gasthalter sought a number of tax breaks, but filed for bankruptcy before the project was completed.
It was purchased with the plans to build a 70,000 square foot hotel with 215 guest rooms, and employ up to 100 people:
“A corporation dubbed S.A.T. Catskill has agreed to buy the hotel, which was destroyed by a fire in October 2000, for .25 million, according to records filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains. The property has been tied up in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since May 2003.