Nevele Grande

Grande Failings

Nevele Grande - Vintage Golf Photograph
Lost places, like this shuttered resort, stand as unique objects of fascination for many reasons. Oftentimes it's because these locations have come to exist in a state contrary to their constructed roles. In this case, we may find initial captivation in the absolute silence where thousands once gathered with their families. Beyond that though, there is something arguably more profound which ties all these places together. A common thread which entwines every abandoned structure and property – Time. Human history, all history really, crests and recedes like the waterline along the shore. Popular culture rises and falls, profitability rises and falls, communities rise and fall, nations rise and fall. The waters of time endlessly rise and fall. And after the tide has retreated these places remain in the wake, like cast-off shells upon a beach.

Some time after our arrival a large storm began to stir at the outskirts of the valley. It came on slowly at first, as the sunny day gradually greyed over. Eventually though, the storm gathered force and with it a purple-hued darkness which stood as a wall along the edge of the valley. There it remained though, held at bay by strong updrafts which perpetually carry through the basin. Frustrated it loudly thundered at the edge of the ridges around us, forever tumbling upon itself without gaining ground. At times it looked not unlike a great obsidian wave breaking upon a bluff. Occasionally its cries shook the walls of the old resort, but even though the outlying mountains were ringed with near black, above us was never more than a haze of light grey. The air became cool, as the warmth was sucked away by the storm-front, but we remained dry at the center of the turmoil around us. As it tends to be with storms of this force though, the events were short lived. In little time the thundering from the mountains fell silent, and the grey of the sky dissolved back to blue. What just moments ago was all-encompassing, now may as well have never existed at all. Much like the decaying resort we had taken shelter within.

The original buildings on these grounds opened to the public in 1903, with much of what is currently standing dating from the 1950s and '60s, including the distinctive tower building which rises high above all else. By the time the resort was shuttered it had served the region for over a century. Considering the long lifespan of the old resort makes the grounds today all the more sombre. Generations of families vacationed here. Parents bringing their children, just as their own parents had brought them. There is no doubt that the silence which now embraces this property is saturated with memories of those who knew it in far happier times than these.

Nevele Grande - Vintage Indoor PoolSome places cry out their stories, their histories, to those who visit. You may have felt this for yourself when visiting a site of some significance. Places steeped with history tend to exude it in a way that isn't easily explained. It's as if simply laying your hand upon the cold walls of an old building helps you to better understand it. Perhaps it's simply human instinct to reach out and touch something you wish to learn more about. A tactile sense somehow linked to our minds, left over from eons past. A sensibility which we have collectively evolved beyond, but endures nonetheless. That voice was absent here.

Throughout all these halls, quarters, and common spaces, no grand proclamations of the past were to be found. All that remained were the low moans of a tired building, pitch shadows, and a deep-seated rot. Numerous items remained from the heydays of the resort, but coming upon those remnants felt less like glimpsing cherished mementos, and more like one was rummaging through the possessions of a deceased person. As we toured the grounds it seemed as if this is a place was not only utterly given up on, but that it had also given up.

In the end though, it's reasonable to think that this place never had a voice to begin with, not a singular one anyway. This resort lived as a hub for others to create their own stories and memories within its walls, and by that accord the last of its life went from this property the moment the final guest checked out nearly a decade ago.

Nevele Grande - From Above

Nevele Grande - A Dark Lobby
 The cavernous central lobby.

Nevele Grande - VIntage Lobby
The lobby as it were in the 1970s, before modernization.

Nevele Grande - Enshadowed Lobby Stairs

Nevele Grande - Fallen Light Fixture
 A fallen globe from a ceiling fixture rests upon a bed of wet plaster.

Nevele Grande - Starlight Lounge

Nevele Grande - Starlight Lounge Abandoned

Nevele Grande - Plaster Artwork

Nevele Grande - Second Floor Lobby

Nevele Grande - Rotting Bedroom

Nevele Grande - President Suite Detail

Nevele Grande - Baroque and Broken

Nevele Grande - Suite in Ruin
 Dining area of the top floor suite.

Nevele Grande - Ornate Balcony Door

Nevele Grande - Balcony Door Detail

Nevele Grande - Nevele Tower

Nevele Grande - Tower and Resort Beyond
 The tower was constructed later in the life of the resort, a vertical annex meant to combat the horizontal sprawl of the previous additions.

Nevele Grande - Boating Postcard

Nevele Grande - Stagnant Outdoor Pool

Nevele Grande - Master Bedroom

Nevele Grande - Ornate Master Bedroom in Decay

Nevele Grande - A Carpet of Ferns
 Ferns grow plentifully within a ground floor corridor.

Nevele Grande - Seized Ski Lift

Nevele Grande - Ski Lodge Fire Pit

Nevele Grande - Ski Lodge

Nevele Grande - Rental Boots Line a Shelf

Nevele Grande - Ski Postcard

Nevele Grande - Ski Rental Counter

Nevele Grande - Rental Ice Skates

Nevele Grande - Former Ice Rink

Nevele Grande - Skating Postcard

Nevele Grande - Ski Lifts Frozen in Place

Nevele Grande - Paisley Couch

Nevele Grande - Decaying Counch and Empty Frame

Nevele Grande - Staff Building

Nevele Grande - Foyer Fireplace

Nevele Grande - Debris and Needles

Nevele Grande - View from the Suite
 View from the suite.

Nevele Grande - Massive Lobby Light Fixture

Nevele Grande - Pool Postcard

Nevele Grande - Indroor Pool

Nevele Grande - Skylight Chamber

Nevele Grande - Entrance to the Globe Dining Room

Nevele Grande - Dining Postcard

Nevele Grande - Globe Dining Room

Nevele Grande - Moss Crawls In
Fine white hairs of the molds and mosses which grow upon the dining hall carpet.

Nevele Grande - Nestled in the Valley