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The Yeager Estate, built by Yeager Benjamin in 1936, is a beautiful and unique property that deserves to be restored. Its Spanish Revival style, paired with blonde brick and Art Deco patterns, is accented by a Mediterranean tile roof. The interior boasts 32 rooms on two floors, decorated with ornate plaster and fountains, and even includes a basement swimming pool.
The Ahavath Israel Congregation acquired the mansion in 1969 with the intention of using it as a place for mentally deficient adults to live in a semi-independent manner. They re-sold the building, and it became known as the Respite Villa. However, despite initial plans for the building to be a place of care and support for these individuals, it was eventually abandoned by 1978. It is unclear whether or not the mansion was used for any other purpose during the time period between its acquisition and abandonment, but it is possible that it was used as an apartment at some point. Regardless, the building eventually fell into disrepair and remained in a state of neglect until it was eventually restored or repurposed for a different use.
The Sullivan County Land Bank has acquired the former Yeager Estate and is collaborating with developers and experts in historic preservation to develop a renovation and redevelopment plan for the property.