Old Hugo House

Straight Up Ghosts


I was asked to play cello for the final public event at the old Hugo House building, an old Victorian house that had been added on to pretty haphazardly. It had been a funeral home earlier in its life and was notorious for being haunted. Early in the evening, during a reading, an incredible downpour started. Water came rushing into the space from and lots of leaks in the ceiling and people started rushing around to find buckets, trash cans, etc. In the middle this a large glass light fixture came crashing to the ground. To everyone there it felt like an utterly supernatural event– the building had more to say and was not going to disappear quietly. The next night I came in and recorded some music there. It was torn down a few days later.

Submitted by: Lori Goldston