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On September 21, 2003, the Briarcliff Lodge burned down under suspicious circumstances. The Lodge was scheduled for demolition the following week, according to Barrington Ventures, the owners of the site. Briarcliff Manor Fire Chief William Ventura called the fire "suspicious" and said that the fire spread unnaturally. The 1902 building was almost totally destroyed by fire, but most of the post-1912 ones remain.

"Sit with me by the homestead hearth, and stretch the hands of memory forth to warm them by the fireside blaze" - inscription above the mantleplace of one of the lodge's fireplaces.