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Nestled in the downtown of Fort Wayne Indiana sits a quiet and reserved home, but this isn't any average placec this is a mansion...it is the The Bell Mansion. And yes the ghosts are real!
Join us as we talk with Lindsay and Ricky, two of the mansion's docents who have both worked and experienced some of the most frightening paranormal experiences. From ghostly children running in the upstairs bedrooms, to the devoted maid Maria who is still tending to the rooms she once cleaned and did we mention the hundreds of thousands of dead bodies that went through the doors? This beautiful example of architecure and marvel was a funeral home for nearly 90+ years! So to say there spirits is an understatement.
Same architect as the University of Saint Francis' Bass Mansion and The History Center both in Fort Wayne. Robert served as a state senator, assistant U.S. Commissioner for Indiana, huge investor in natural gas, (the reason Fort Wayne & even Chicago got natural gas when they did) and was a prominent lawyer. Clara helped form the first classes at the Fort Wayne Art School and was the co-founder of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The couple was originally from the Muncie area but moved up here for business purposes. They were a very prominent couple during their years here in Fort Wayne. Not only did Clara leave her forever footsteps at the Art Museum his law firm is still going strong known as the Barrett-McNagny law firm serving the local area still today. They only had one child Bessie but unfortunately due to illness died at 11 months old. After Robert's death in 1901 the home was sold to William K. Noble who ran a lumber company that operated in 3 states. His family of 3 lived there for 22 years and sold the building for $50,000 to The Klaehn Funeral home. In 1935 the west side addition was added due to high demand. At this time funerals were no longer held in the residents home as they were done in the 1800s. Today there are over 14,000 square feet in this absolutely breathtaking mansion. No detail has gone unnoticed. It remained a funeral home for over 93 years. Until they left the building in 2018 and the Sturm's bought the building in 2020 to preserve its beauty. We want to preserve our precious history first and foremost. History is the reason why we are all here today! We are SOOO PASSIONATE about preserving and sharing this place with the world! Everyday we are getting creative so we can keep this mansion in one piece (not 8 different apartments or even a parking lot). We hope you love this building half as much as we do! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns! We are very open minded and easy going people looking to preserve a giant piece of Fort Wayne's history!
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