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Fallside Hotel and Conference Center

The following images were taken at the Fallside Hotel & Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY in 2011-2012, 2-3 years after it closed in 2009. The Fallside was originally built as a Treadway Inn in 1957, converted to a Parkway Inn later, and was also a Ramada and Days Inn at different points. The property had been neglected beforehand and I believe some of the areas that were in the poorest condition must have been locked off from guests during its operations, although the online reviews before it closed were pretty terrible and talked about things like mold and leaking water. The Fallside Hotel was built on the former site of the Shredded Wheat Company and had a pool, tennis courts, a jacuzzi, a bar/lounge, a conference center, and a ballroom. After the hotel was closed in 2013 it was used for an Airsoft tournament by Midstate Mercenaries Airsoft and the players destroyed the building, smashing holes in the walls and breaking nearly everything they were able to. Vandalism and scrapping took a heavy toll on the location and in 2014-2015 the majority of the building was demolished, with a smaller, newer segment to be saved and incorporated into the new, 184 room, 8 story hotel that is being built on the site by the owners, with the state providing $2.75 million in funding.

One of my favorite 'dumb luck' finds, the Fallside Hotel was in great (if fairly decayed) condition when I first visited. Shortly after, scrappers, vandals, and the airsoft players descended like a horde of locusts and just annihilated the interior of the building mangled the fairly modern hotel beyond repair. I never got a chance to go back and see it after it was trashed but in some ways I'm glad; it was a pretty special place to me and seeing something you care about destroyed may make for good photographs sometimes it's a little hard on the spirit.

Fallside was recently torn down. It wasn't some decades old, architecturally significant relic, but when I got permission to go through it, it was a really exciting time for me and I spent a frigid birthday far away from home, doing what I like to do best here. RIP, Fallside. The site of the Fallside is being developed into a 10 story Doubletree by Hilton.

If you'd like to learn more about the Fallside Hotel, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe. For more information on where to get it or how to purchase a signed copy follow this link. Photographs and unattributed text by Matthew Christopher. For more images click the thumbnails below.