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Abandoned Poconos Mountain Resort Photos Reveal Midcentury Decor, Heart-Shaped Hot Tubs And Wood Paneling (PHOTOS)

08/16/2013 04:05 pm ET

We're always in awe when we come across photos of dwellings that have been completely abandoned, leaving just a glimpse of the way people lived in another time.

The images that photographer Matt Hurst shared of the crumbling White Pines Resort in the Poconos is one such example. His breathtaking photos captured what is left of what was once a retreat for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union based out of New York City, which at its peak in 1968 had 450,000 members.

The main building at White Pines is a preserved Midcentury masterpiece designed in the Brutalist style, with a blocky concrete aesthetic. The interiors, however, couldn't be more classic '60s. There are walnut-paneled walls, which we're guessing were meant to emulate the woods outside the lodge. Wood-paneled walls were an unusually hot trend of the time period, and could be found from basements to...well, resorts.

The rust orange carpeting is another call to that era, and carries out the color scheme -- the bent plywood side chairs have that same hue. (By the way, we would've been tempted to grab a chair...) Globe light fixtures added a mod vibe, but they also didn't compete with the resort's overall geometric look. We also think they helped soften the facade...and would have also been a welcome addition to our own homes.

In another nearby resort, the vibe was a little more laid-back, as evident by the presence of round beds, heart-shaped hot tubs and a big vinyl-covered bar for weary husbands to repair to. You can still see the patterned linoleum on the floor, proving that linoleum can indeed withstand the test of time.

Hurst told the Atlantic Cities that it was surprising to see how untouched the structures have remained, although time and the elements have left them in varying degrees of disarray. He called them "a snapshot of what much of the place looked like when it closed in 1990."

Click through the photos, and you'll agree that it's not hard to picture what these spaces looked like in its heyday.

Abandoned White Pines Resort

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