It is hard to believe that these spine-chilling abandoned buildings used to be anything other than a setting for a horror movie. However, the following series of archived photographs reveal that they were quite magnificent back in their heyday.

While the world has focused on all things modern and new, countless historic buildings have been neglected and left to go to ruins. These examples that you are about to see are no different.

From grand manor houses and beautiful ballrooms to bustling swimming pools, here is what these seemingly creepy places looked like before they were abandoned.

Then: Dungeness on Cumberland Island, Georgia

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Here the mansion can be seen as very opulent. However, it was never resold after the owners died and so, it just went to ruins…