Haunted: San Francisco Art Institute

The San Francisco Art Institute was founded in 1871. The Current school buildings were built in 1926 in the Spanish Revival architectural style, which sits on land that once was a cemetery located in the city’s Russian Hill neighborhood. SFAI’s bell tower has been the site of unexplained activities. There have been multiple reports of doors opening and closing on their own, along with sounds of footsteps ascending stairs when no one is there. The bell tower’s supernatural tenant likes to flicker the lights and turn on and off power tools that are not in use. Everyone thought the bell tower ghostly tenant was harmless until the 1968 renovations when several newer fatal accidents were blamed on the ghost. The ghost cause construction workers to quit because they were terrified. After the renovation, several psychics performed seances in the tower, which they identified as a graveyard. Historians confirmed the building sat on a demolished cemetery. With the school’s concerns, the tower is closed due to the unwelcoming presence.

You can find the San Francisco Art Institute at 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, 94113


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