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McPike Mansion

McPike Mansion







Description of McPike Mansion

Location: Alton  Map

Constructed: Henry Guest McPike


McPike Mansion is an abandoned residence in Alton in the Southern Illinois of USA that is claimed to be haunted by ghosts of its former owners.  McPike Mansion was constructed in 1869 by Henry Guest McPike (1825–1910) after design of architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger.




Construction began in 1869 by the architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger. The mansion featured 11 marble fireplaces and beautifully carved stairway banisters, all of which have been stolen during its abandonment. Intricate carved trim still border the ceiling in one of the front rooms. McPike served as mayor of Alton and was a notable local businessman, involved in real estate and box making. He also served as the Librarian of the Alton-Southern Illinois Horticultural Society in the late 1880s. He died in 1910.

In 1925, the McPike Mansion was purchased by Paul A. Laichinger, who rented rooms out to others and lived there until his death in 1945.

McPike Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1980 but was left derelict for many years, before being purchased by Sharyn and George Luedke in an auction in 1994.

According to the owner, the McPike Mansion is allegedly haunted by the ghost of a former owner and a former domestic servant. The Cellar has been a focal point of many energies felt in the McPike mansion. It frequently is a part of the area's many haunted tours.





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