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Queen Anne Hotel

Queen Anne Hotel

1590 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California
94109 USA

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San Francisco CA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Queen Anne Hotel. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Opening in 1890, this traditional San Francisco grandeur Painted Lady originally served the area as the Miss Mary Lake's School For Girls. It's headmistress, Miss Mary Lake, allegedly had an affair with U.S. Senator James Fair, who (coincidentally) funded the construction of the beautiful mansion. (By the way, James Fair, for whom the Fairmont Hotel is named, is one of the great villains of Wild West lore.) Many said that their relationship was so serious that they did wed in secrecy. Mary Lake denied the rumors.
Nevertheless, a local newspaper did publish an article, "Cupid and Mr. Fair" about the affair and its stories, circulating until Mary's death.

As for Miss Mary Lake, she stayed in San Francisco until 1902 before moving to Montclair, N.J., with her half-sister Anne. She only lived there for two years before dying on her 55th birthday. Her cause of death is unknown.

In 1896, the last class graduated from Lake Seminary. That year, the Panic of 1896 was gripping the nation, and the school was unable to survive the economic downturn.

The building changed multiple hands and owners several times. It has been a brothel, church, and home to mysterious secret societies. In 1995, it was turned into a magnificent Victorian appointed hotel, as it stands today.

The Hauntings

Identified as "friendly", it is said the ghosts that reside in the Queen Anne Hotel are different from the spirits that typically plague other San Francisco hotels.

Some say the spirit that haunts this location is the headmistress of the school, Miss Mary Lake, even though she is buried more than 3,000 miles away. She is described as kind. Mary appears to favor Room 410, which was once Mary's office. Once, a resident of Room 410 woke up to find themselves on the floor with their bedding neatly tucked around them. It is common for most guests to be simply tucked in bed, assuring they are well taken care of.

But the hauntings are not limited to Room 410. Guests also report feeling cold spots in the hallways and seeing strange reflections in the mirrors all around the hotel. Rumors say that the previous secret society (which centered around astrology) could be the energy that feeds the spectral activity all over the hotel.

Another interesting fact is that the Mary Ellen Pleasant, the so-called Voodoo Queen of San Francisco, lived right across the street from the Queen Anne Hotel in the 1800s. A coincidence, you may ask?


Ghost Detectives' Guide to Haunted San Francisco   San Francisco Ghosts     Haunted San Francisco: Ghost Stories from the City's Past by [Rand Richards]





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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/14/2020
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