The Shanley Hotel was a matter of concern to the community. The building was for sale and the pending buyers wanted to renovate the Hotel into apartments units. By a twist of a fate things did not work out, and the property was back on the market.
The Hotel seemed to be calling out his name. There were many sleepless nights, wondering if he was prepared to take on a new project of this magnitude. After all, he had just finished laboring over six years restoring a 6,000 square foot building and now this, a 8,000 square foot money pit! As is his way, he welcomed the challenge.
The Haunting Begins
Right after the closing, Doug's wife Diane, Doug, and Sal were sitting by candle light on the second floor of the hotel. They were in awe of it all, imagining what life was back than at Shanley's. They suddenly heard loud footsteps coming up the main stairway. It got louder and louder as it proceeded upwards. They first thought maybe it was a neighbor or the police checking out the building, because it had been deserted for many years, and now they see light in the window. The group walked to the hallway to check out who was there. No one. Sal then remembered that he had locked the door. They realized at that moment the very real possibility that the building was haunted.
Sal and Doug, while chatting on the front porch, noticed that some passers-by, upon approaching the Hotel, would walk on the other side of the street. Sal and Doug had to investigate. They came across the 'secret room', and as you can see in the picture, it looked pretty scary and someone had to go down first.
Doug started taking pictures and bought a video camera. That is where they found 'The Guardian, Victorian Women, The Face' and much more. They had little knowledge of the paranormal at that time. Doug bought an audio recorder and captured many EVPs.
Research on the hotel revealed that James Shanley was born on Halloween, and thus began our Halloween-Birthday party tradition.
The spirits here are very active, and want to see the hotel succeed. Many are still the 'good old boys' and like to have fun. The ladies love to tease as well and sometimes play practical jokes.
There are secrets that the spirits keep about their lives. With time they are revealing their heartwarming and sometimes chilling personal stories. God bless them.
The restoration of the Shanley is an ongoing labor of love for Sal. With the support of his "Shanley Family" and the paranormal community, he continues this project, layer by layer revealing the history of this architectural gem and the lives of its previous occupants.
For more information on Sal Nicosia, please visit his webpage at http://ShanleyHotel.com.