‘Demolition by neglect’: How a taxpayer-funded quest to restore Wilmington’s Gibraltar mansion has failed for a quarter-century

Some staircases are too dangerous to climb. Ceilings have fallen to floors, destroyed by rain that has poured for years through holes in the series of slate roofs. Fetid water fills tubs and toilets. Some insulation contains asbestos. Walls are spray-painted with graffiti.

“Whoa! Wow! This looks like a haunted mansion,” one explorer exclaims as he moves deliberately, with not a little trepidation, through the dank, darkened house.

That video, which the men shot a year ago, can be found on YouTube, as can several other clips of Gibraltar, including a 2020 music video produced by film director M. Night Shyamalan and performed by his daughter Saleka.

Film director M. Night Shyamalan produced this 2020 music video performed by his daughter Saleka at Gibraltar. (YouTube)

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