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
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
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.