This house was built between 1889-1890 by John McInteer; a very successful harness maker who had moved to the USA from Ireland as a boy.
He also built a number of business blocks in early Atchison.
It cost $14,000 (almost $470,000 in 2023 dollars) to build the house.
McInteer’s first wife, Alice, died in 1892 and he remarried again in 1895 to Anna Conlon a widow with 3 children.
McInteer died in 1905 and Anna continued to live in the house in 1916.
After Anna’s death her brother Judge Charles J Conlon moved into the house until about 1925.
It was used as a Rooming House until 1952 when Isobel Altus bought it in hopes of restoring it to it’s former glory.
Isobel lacked the money to do the restoration and would sell the house in 1969 to George Gerardy who did the restoration on the property.
The property can now be booked for overnight investigations.
There have been 9 confirmed deaths – of natural causes – in the house and as well as 1 suicide (Charles Donovan on October 10, 1922).
Shadow figures have been seen on the 2nd floor as well as figures are seen in the windows when there is no one in the house. One was seen with glowing eyes in front of the door to the children’s room.
Objects move on their own in the house – including right in front of people – including being thrown by something unseen and the door to the sitting room which opens on it’s own. There is also a rocking chair which rocks on it’s own; a previous resident died in the chair.
Phantom footsteps are heard walking on the second floor.
Lights will turn on and off on their own in the tower and on the second floor and there is no electricity to these areas.
A female – and recently a male – disembodied voices are heard.
The phantom smell of a woman’s perfume and a cigarette has been reported. There is no smoking on the property.
The sound of doorknobs being turned and of doors slamming are frequently heard.
People have reported feeling uneasy and as if they being watched on the second floor.