Does This Look Like a Haunted House?

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Nah, it doesn't look like one to us either. It's Paola and John's home, featured yesterday as our House Tour. BUT, appropriately enough for Halloween, this amazing loft-like converted 1920's AT&T switch house has a history as a haunted house...

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Paola sent us a link to this article by Laurie Grano in North Shore magazine, where they interviewed the previous owner of her home, Dave.

In 1997, when Dave went to examine the the mechanics of his newly purchased home, the previous owner warned him, "You will hear things you won't understand; you will see things you won't understand." Dave (who asked that his last name not be used) didn't make much of the man's comments at the time. He thought the ominous warning referred to the massive electric and heating systems in the 1920s Waukegan rehab, which was originally an Illinois Bell booster station. Today, Dave says he knows what the man meant: the house is haunted.

According to the article, spooky incidents include: footsteps, fleeting shadowy figures, the piano playing itself and mysterious events (including a hanging "stranger") in the basement laundry room.

Paola and John don't seem worried - they love their home, spooky or not. How about you? Would you brave a home with a haunted history?

Check out the (haunted?) house tour here.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.