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Mayor Doug Plummer

Pounded By Rain, 1927 Empire Hotel ‘Imploded’ Today

Pounded By Rain,

1927 Empire Hotel

‘Imploded’ Today

No Injuries Or Off-Site Damage,

Sharon Springs Mayor Reports

Pounded by rains overnight, the 1927 Empire Hotel at 102 Willow St. collapsed this afternoon, Sharon Springs Mayor Doug Plummer reports. (photo from Facebook)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

This photo, from Schoharie County Real Property records, shows what the building looked like.

SHARON SPRING – The abandoned 92-year-old Empire Hotel here, a remnant of the village’s glory days as a tourist mecca, collapsed at about 2:30 p.m. today, Mayor Doug Plummer said a few minutes ago.

The four-story stucco structure, vacant for 40 years, was pounded by overnight rains and just “imploded,” said the mayor.  “Thankfully, the rain did a beautiful job: It ‘imploded’ inwardly,” he said.

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