By NBC News The interior of a Viking architecture mansion in a New York City park was found to have been in a state of disrepair.
It was uncovered at the property of a local developer and was found by a resident, according to a New Jersey news outlet.
The property was once home to a private school, but the family that owned it moved out after the property was sold in 2016, the Daily News reported.
The owner of the property told the newspaper that his wife and three children were living in the house when it was discovered.
The family had moved into a rental property in Brooklyn when the property became vacant, but they eventually left the property when the city made it a designated historic site in 2020, the report said.
The building’s owners have said that the owner had been living in a temporary home in Brooklyn at the time of the discovery, the New York Daily News said.
A team of archeologists had been at the mansion for a week prior to the discovery.
They were able to recover the building’s foundation, but that did not include the interior of the house, which was uncovered, according the report.
The team, which included archaeologists from the University of Rochester and the New Jersey State Archaeological Commission, had to work on the structure, which is located at the site of a private boarding school called “Ruggero,” according to the report, and the foundation was also found to be structurally deficient.
They also found a broken window that was covered in dust and mold, the paper reported.
An exterior staircase leading down to the house had to be patched over to prevent the structure from collapsing, according a press release from the New Jerseyan Historic Preservation District.
The project is expected to take at least six months to complete, the news outlet said.