Go Inside the Abandoned CharlesTown USA Mall in Utica, New York
The CharlesTown USA Mall in Utica, New York, has been closed and abandoned since the early 90s. Dan Laroe of Northeast Abandoned Exploration took a tour through the abandoned building before a damaging 2020 fire.
Laroe, who explores abandoned buildings in the northeast had heard about CharlesTown USA Mall, and decided to take a look. "After exploring floor after floor of long hallways and long lost outlet stores, I realized I came here as a child with my parents shopping. There is so much to see, including a beautiful outdoor patio that surrounds a manmade pond. I wish I appreciated my trips here as a kid more now after seeing how great this place was and not just dreading it as a day of school clothes shopping," says Laroe.
The mall started as a manufacturing plant during WWI and WWII and was turned into an outlet mall in 1982. The mall closed in 1991 and became a business complex, according to the Standard Journal.
A local attorney bought the property in 2007, but plans to rehabilitate the building were halted after work was being done without permits according to a federal EPA report.
In 1969 the mall was added to the National Register of Historic Places.