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Curbed O'Ween Day 4:Detroit's Spookiest Places Mapped

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Detroit is home to some notoriously terrifying places. Check out this fun map for our choices of the most haunted, spookiest, or simply Halloween-y places in the area. We've got old favorites, newly terrifying places and even a couple of film locations that should generate fun ideas for everyone's favorite autumn holiday.


·Poisoning is Mania of Woman" Puts Arsenic into Food of 10 Families [The Call, 1905]
· Alhambracadabra [Nailhed]
·Ossip Gabrilowitsch [Mark twain Online]
·Detroit Symphony Orchestra [Roadtrippers]
·The most haunted places in Detroit [Axs]
·Our History [The Whitney]
·Two Way Inn [Two Way Inn]
·Iconic Detroit Building of the Week: Masonic Temple [Curbed Detroit]
·Venue Info [Saint Andrew's Hall]
·Cemetery Photographs [USGW Archives]
·Looking at Detroit Through Hollywood's Lens [Next City]

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Alhambra Apartments

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The headline screamed “POISONING IS MANIA OF WOMAN,” and the woman in question, Rose Barron, poisoned more than ten people at the Alhambra Apartments. The building still stands, though the inside is basically a ruin. Barron was supposedly demoted from her cook’s job at the Alhambra, then a rooming house. She put arsenic in dinner rolls of guests in retaliation. The Call article also says that Barron lost several family members who coincidentally carried insurance policies she benefited from.

Orchestra Place

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The home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra owes its existence to one of its pioneering directors, Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Gabrilowitsch threatened to quit the orchestra unless a new hall was constructed. Rumors persist that Orchestra Place is haunted by the late conductor’s ghost—visitors and workers in the theater described hearing footsteps with no one else present, hearing mysterious voices feeling inexplicably and suddenly chilled and seeing actual apparitions of Gabrilowitsch backstage. The late conductor, son-in-law of famed American writer Mark Twain, is buried in Twain’s family plot in Elmira, New York.

The Whitney

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2 Way Inn

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Detroit metro’s oldest bar, the Two Way Inn opened in 1876 and a hotel, and did stints as a brothel, general store and an even a jail. Today, it’s a shot-and-beer sort of place, and patrons swear they’ve seen the ghost of an old cowboy (maybe from the western part of Michigan?). This ghost, supposedly a former lodger, rented digs in the inn and died there, in one of the old hotel rooms. Today, the bar is owned and run by Mary Aganowski whose father bought the place in 1973.

Masonic Temple

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St Andrew's Hall

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The basement at Saint Andrew’s Hall, a performance space called The Shelter where Eminem famously got his start, is also known as a ghostly haunt where an angry spirit chases people up the steps. Formerly home to the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, a social club made up of wealthy Scots Americans, Saint Andrew’s Hall opened in 1907. As a performance venue, Saint Andrew’s Hall offers a ballroom, 35-foot-long bar, and a VIP balcony with amazing stage views for concerts and other special events.

Only Lovers Left Alive Mansion

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This Brush Park mansion, the setting for the best indy vampire movie ever to star Tilda Swinton, has developed a weird following on Curbed. It’s maybe haunted, maybe not. But definitely the home to weird vampire memories courtesy of Swinton and company. You can also stay there for $99 a night. We can’t wholeheartedly recommend that, unless you loved the movie to a paranormal degree. For that price, you could get a great hotel room and enjoy 2015 perks like indoor pools and hot tubs, room service, cable, and sometimes even free breakfast. Also, no shared toilet. The house, originally built by Mason and Rice (Albert Kahn’s one-time employers) in 1882, the home was later remodeled by David Whitney Jr.

Woodlawn Cemetery

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This historic Detroit cemetery is the final resting place of Detroit mayors (Albert Cobo, James J. Couzens, Hazen Pingree), and automakers (both Dodge Brothers, Edsel and Eleanor Ford, and William Clay Ford, Sr.). The burial ground also memorializes Clarence L. Franklin, noted Baptist minister and the father of Aretha Franklin. Actress Susie Garrett, a star of Punky Brewster and sister of actress Marla Gibbs, as well as Motown greats David Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Barbara Randolph and gospel star Ronald Winans rest at Woodlawn, alongside civil rights legend Rosa Parks. We can’t ascribe otherworldly activity to the cemetery, although the city’s ghost hunters might beg the point. It’s a beautiful old place, though, and haunting as a sacred space where the living contemplate mortality.

Packard Plant

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Used as a backdrop in indy horror breakout hit It Follows, the long-abandoned factory has seen some of the most devastating effects of bad economies and troubled times. While the movie’s main characters come from the burbs, the sexual tryst that transfers a terrible curse takes place at the old auto plant.

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Alhambra Apartments

The headline screamed “POISONING IS MANIA OF WOMAN,” and the woman in question, Rose Barron, poisoned more than ten people at the Alhambra Apartments. The building still stands, though the inside is basically a ruin. Barron was supposedly demoted from her cook’s job at the Alhambra, then a rooming house. She put arsenic in dinner rolls of guests in retaliation. The Call article also says that Barron lost several family members who coincidentally carried insurance policies she benefited from.

Orchestra Place

The home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra owes its existence to one of its pioneering directors, Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Gabrilowitsch threatened to quit the orchestra unless a new hall was constructed. Rumors persist that Orchestra Place is haunted by the late conductor’s ghost—visitors and workers in the theater described hearing footsteps with no one else present, hearing mysterious voices feeling inexplicably and suddenly chilled and seeing actual apparitions of Gabrilowitsch backstage. The late conductor, son-in-law of famed American writer Mark Twain, is buried in Twain’s family plot in Elmira, New York.

The Whitney

2 Way Inn

Detroit metro’s oldest bar, the Two Way Inn opened in 1876 and a hotel, and did stints as a brothel, general store and an even a jail. Today, it’s a shot-and-beer sort of place, and patrons swear they’ve seen the ghost of an old cowboy (maybe from the western part of Michigan?). This ghost, supposedly a former lodger, rented digs in the inn and died there, in one of the old hotel rooms. Today, the bar is owned and run by Mary Aganowski whose father bought the place in 1973.

Masonic Temple

St Andrew's Hall

The basement at Saint Andrew’s Hall, a performance space called The Shelter where Eminem famously got his start, is also known as a ghostly haunt where an angry spirit chases people up the steps. Formerly home to the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, a social club made up of wealthy Scots Americans, Saint Andrew’s Hall opened in 1907. As a performance venue, Saint Andrew’s Hall offers a ballroom, 35-foot-long bar, and a VIP balcony with amazing stage views for concerts and other special events.

Only Lovers Left Alive Mansion

This Brush Park mansion, the setting for the best indy vampire movie ever to star Tilda Swinton, has developed a weird following on Curbed. It’s maybe haunted, maybe not. But definitely the home to weird vampire memories courtesy of Swinton and company. You can also stay there for $99 a night. We can’t wholeheartedly recommend that, unless you loved the movie to a paranormal degree. For that price, you could get a great hotel room and enjoy 2015 perks like indoor pools and hot tubs, room service, cable, and sometimes even free breakfast. Also, no shared toilet. The house, originally built by Mason and Rice (Albert Kahn’s one-time employers) in 1882, the home was later remodeled by David Whitney Jr.

Woodlawn Cemetery

This historic Detroit cemetery is the final resting place of Detroit mayors (Albert Cobo, James J. Couzens, Hazen Pingree), and automakers (both Dodge Brothers, Edsel and Eleanor Ford, and William Clay Ford, Sr.). The burial ground also memorializes Clarence L. Franklin, noted Baptist minister and the father of Aretha Franklin. Actress Susie Garrett, a star of Punky Brewster and sister of actress Marla Gibbs, as well as Motown greats David Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Barbara Randolph and gospel star Ronald Winans rest at Woodlawn, alongside civil rights legend Rosa Parks. We can’t ascribe otherworldly activity to the cemetery, although the city’s ghost hunters might beg the point. It’s a beautiful old place, though, and haunting as a sacred space where the living contemplate mortality.

Packard Plant

Used as a backdrop in indy horror breakout hit It Follows, the long-abandoned factory has seen some of the most devastating effects of bad economies and troubled times. While the movie’s main characters come from the burbs, the sexual tryst that transfers a terrible curse takes place at the old auto plant.