The shuttered 19th century mansion on 9W in Saugerties has been the object of debate since it nearly burned down in the early 1990s. Should it be demolished as an eyesore or remain standing, waiting for the ideal investor?
Although, like any vacant property, it has served as a shelter for its share of vagrants and teenagers, most only see the building from their cars. We recently took a look inside.
The mansion is called Clovelea, its original name, by local history buffs, and the Dragon Inn by most others, its name at the time of the fire, when it was a popular Chinese restaurant. There are still signs of the fire, and in some parts the floor is unsafe to walk upon, while others show a solid frame, not unlike what you’d see around the halfway mark of a season of This Old House.