The McNeal Mansion Total Devastation A Sad History That Goes From Glory To Gory. I have revised this blog post to provide more detail and photography, please click here to see it. All of the photographs that were in this post are now on the new one. Doorway to Devastation by Richard Lewis 2016 Share this:ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketEmail Rich Lewis2017-05-19T10:35:50-04:00March 12th, 2016|16 Comments Like what you see? Leave a comment... 16 Comments Laura (PA Pict) March 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply Wonderful images. They are very evocative and convey a pall of sadness as well as capturing the decay. I did a quick Google to see what it had once looked like. It really does look like it’s taken a brutal battering. I am surprised it’s been left on that state for so long rather than being torn down and the land sold. Rich Lewis March 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply Thanks Laura. I always appreciate your comments. I agree that this place has taken a battering that other buildings would not have survived. It is extremely well built which is why it is still standing. Ina March 13, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply Ditto to what Laura says above. I cannot believe that the government of this municipality has let this building stand and it’s condition for so long. What a shame to have let it deteriorate to this level. Rich, you are so brave to go in this building and take such beautiful pictures. Rich Lewis March 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply Thanks Ina. You can’t really blame the city. This place has been the victim of time, changing economies and private developers who didn’t do what they promised. I have to say that entering this place for the first time was scary, but as I’ve gotten to know it, I feel more comfortable. Still it is one of the only photoshoots I do with a hard hat on. derrickjknight March 13, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply Great pictures of a sad sight. Where there’s a will…….. Rich Lewis March 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply Thanks Derrick. It is a sad sight. Photographing abandoned buildings often reveals a tragic story. This one is is tragedy on a grand scale. Patricia S Worley March 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply Rich, Thank you for taking the initiative to go into another abandoned space and document it wo well. There is so much history that surrounds us that many of us will never know about without people like you. Your beautiful images give this mansion the respect it deserves. I look forward to reading more about it. Pat Rich Lewis March 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply Thanks Pat. This is a very interesting and sometimes overwhelming project. I’m not sure where it will go from here but I’d love to do a book about this place. denisebushphoto March 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply WOW… you are really getting into this sort of subject and I know why… it is fascinating stuff. Wonderful post and images. Looking Out is my favorite. Keep up the great work you are doing! Rich Lewis March 23, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply It’s funny how a few years ago I wondered what you saw in these old places and all those rusty things you photographed. Now I get it. There are so many stories to be told and an odd beauty in the devastation. larryalyons March 23, 2016 at 3:09 am - Reply This is raw footage that has not been altered. Other abandoned sites, like Pennhurst, have been cleaned-up and picked through. You captured this devastation in its raw form. Nice job. Rich Lewis March 23, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply You nailed it Larry. We go to the sites like Pennhurst and Eastern State that are devastation made fit for human consumption. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s also kind of like the difference between experiencing a tragic event live and seeing the movie made about it. MikeP March 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply Rich … I think Larry nailed it… this is a raw site and you handled it really well. Your inside-outside take on this place, gives us, ‘the voyeur’ a starting point to imagine the story behind the rubble.The framing throughout makes us focus… not an easy task considering the state of decay here. THIS is why we get along so well and WHY I continue to be educated and inspired by your work…. kudos!!!! Rich Lewis March 26, 2016 at 2:28 am - Reply Thanks Mike. This has been one of the most fascinating subjects I’ve photographed. It is very raw and a little scary. I actually wear a hard hat inside. You know when it comes to inspiration and education the feeling is extremely mutual. the more I get to know you the more I value our friendship and your amazing creative spirit. Lex February 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply Do you know if the mansion is still standing? Rich Lewis March 3, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply Yes the mansion is still standing. There are even some plans to restore it, although it will cost several million dollars to do that. Leave A Comment Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.