Inside Abandoned 19th-Century McNeal Mansion: Photos

  • The McNeal Mansion in Burlington, New Jersey is a ghost of its former grandeur.
  • The abandoned 10,000 square foot mansion was damaged over the years by fires and nature taking over.
  • The decrepit property was captured in a series of photos by photographer Richard Lewis.

When the McNeal Mansion was built in 1890 as the family home of New Jersey industrialist Andrew McNeal, it was one of the largest in the area.

Today, the large 10,000-square-foot house in Burlington, New Jersey, is barely standing.

New Jersey-based photographer Richard Lewis explored and photographed the ruined mansion in 2016.

He began taking photos of dilapidated buildings after learning that an abandoned Nike missile site near his home was going to be demolished for a housing development, “and decided someone needed to photograph it for the record,” he said. he told Business Insider in 2021.

“I said to myself: I now have a reason to photograph these abandoned buildings, and it’s to honor and preserve this history. A lot of these abandoned places that are not in very good condition will eventually disappear,” he said. -he continued.

Depending on their size, restoration projects like the McNeal Mansion can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but many abandoned buildings are beyond repair, despite efforts to revitalize them and transform them into functioning homes or businesses.

In 2016, the city of Burlington purchased the McNeal Mansion for $1.49 million and plans to convert part of the property into a restaurant, the Burlington County Times reported. However, the plans were never completed and the mansion has been abandoned ever since.

Here’s a look inside the crumbling McNeal Mansion, which is a ghost of its former grandeur.


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