The Ruins of Oldfield
Constructed by Gustave Reinberg in 1896 as his homestead, this grand mansion could once clearly be seen from the waters of Lake Hopatcong, which it overlooks. Gustave was superintendent at the American Forcite Powder Company. A facility that once operated off of the lake, manufacturing explosives and acids in what is present-day Shore Hills in Roxbury. The mansion remained in the family from the time of its construction until the 1930's when it was rented out to American Airways, who utilized the beautiful building and property as a clubhouse for its flight crews. Eventually American Airways no longer had use of Oldfield, and that's where history begins to get a bit hazy. It seems that the building may have stood abandoned for some time after its use as a clubhouse. Regardless of what state it was in though, Oldfield was lost to a fire in the 1990's. All that remains today of this once-grand estate are the few ivy-covered walls which were strong enough to have withstood the heat of the flames.
Inside the walls looked very much like what was found outside.
The basement has seen some activity.
Oldfield on its hilltop in 1905.
The manor in 1910.