AN INTERACTIVE ARCHIVE OF GROSSINGER'S RESORT
GROSSINGER'S SHORT VIDEOS
Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel was located in the Catskills Mountains in the town of Liberty, New York. Grossinger's began as a small guest house in 1914, to then become a reputable resort and summer just a few hours away from Manhattan. It was part of the Borscht Belt, a network of independently owned resorts in the Catskills, catering primarily the Jewish community of New York and its surroundings.
In 1952, Grossinger’s earned a place in the history of skiing as the first resort in the world to use artificial snow. The resort was a family run establishment frequented by actors, athletes and musicians such as Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano and Elizabeth Taylor. By 1972, the hotel had grown to 35 buildings on 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) that served 150,000 guests a year. It had its own airstrip and post office. Grossinger's resort also served as inspiration for the resort in the movie Dirty Dancing.
In 1986, the Grossinger's descendants sold the property to Servico, a large hotel company. Although Servico had planned to renovate the complex, it soon realized that the investment had no future. The main resort officially closed down in 1986 but the golf course is still open as of 2016.
Grossinger’s 3rd Dimension is a project that explores the concept of archiving as an interactive platform. Different forms of documentation are captured with a drone (DJI Inspire 1) and recollected in the website. Photography, video, 3D scanning and VR are offered as different ways to experience the decaying site.
The project was conducted by Mehdi Salehi for the course Drones and the 3rd Dimension and developed by four students of the MFA Design and Technology at Parsons – The New School for Design.
By Mina Rafiee, Cecilia Giorcelli, Taylor Rodriguez and Carlotta Aoun.