Had it not been for the efforts of Bryan Sansivero, the mansion might have continued languishing in obscurity forever. Sansivero is fascinated by images of urban decrepitude, with an affinity for abandoned buildings.
He shot a documentary about a mouldering psychiatric hospital in Kings Park, New York, titled Shadows of Kings Park. The documentary was critically acclaimed and may have given Sansivero the golden ticket to gain access to this mansion.
What he found inside was a visual feast of images of decay. The mansion still contained all the furniture and decorations of its previous owner. But who was that? And why did they leave?