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Gavel falls on Moore Hall "Pink Palace" sold
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Gavel falls on Moore Hall

The “pink palace”—the 1957-vintage dorm on Saratoga’s Union Avenue, which was the last remaining Skidmore property downtown—has officially been sold. Moore Hall first went on the market just after Commencement 2006, and the following fall its 160 residents, plus plenty more besides, were accommodated on campus with the opening of the Northwoods Apartments.

Moore’s buyer is NorStar Development, with offices in Albany and Buffalo, N.Y. NorStar had its eye on the property back in 2006, but the deal was sealed just this past May, for $1.125 million. The developers are reconsidering their plans and timing in light of the current economic slowdown, but the basic scenario is for the construction of 18 luxury condominium units in Queen Anne-style townhouses.

While many Skidmore alumni will be sorry to see the six-story pink behemoth disappear, some neighbors were quoted in Schenectady’s Daily Gazette saying they’d welcome the new development in its place. To read alumni reminiscences about Moore Hall, click here. —SR