Cunard Hall - Wagner College

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The circa-1852 Cunard Hall was built by Edward Cunard, son and heir of shipping magnate Samuel Cunard. It is now part of Wagner College. In 1890, a man leapt to his death from a second-story window, and witnesses have seen his face peering from the windows.

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Signal Hill Road
Staten Island, NY
United States

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40.614148584938285, -74.09230703118737
Richmond County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Bayonne, NJ (3.9 mi.)
Staten Island, NY (4.4 mi.)
Bloomfield, NY (4.5 mi.)
Bensonhurst, NY (5.2 mi.)
Coney Island, NY (5.7 mi.)
Elizabeth, NJ (7.1 mi.)
Carteret, NJ (7.6 mi.)
Brooklyn, NY (7.9 mi.)
Jersey City, NJ (7.9 mi.)
Linden, NJ (8.0 mi.)


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  1. I used to work at the college and would be in some of the buildings late at night as I worked in the maintenance dept. There was one time I was painting in Cunard and heard people upstairs, I was in the main lobby. I thought nothing of it as it was normal for people to work late into the night. When the security guard came to lock up the building, I told him I thought someone was upstairs because I heard people talking. He went upstairs, looked around, and said, “Kid, there’s no-one up there.” I packed up my equipment, and left. I thought he was just joking untul the next day the same thing happened so I decided to go upstairs and check myself. There was no-one there. I was puzzled, but finished my work and left.

  2. I went to Wagner College in 1982 and 1983. I never heard anything about Cunard Hall being haunted. However, when I was there, they were renovating half of the music building (the side that had the practice rooms.) The music department also used a very old, creepy-looking 3-story white house with a wrap-around porch for some music classes (which was across the street from the main part of the campus near the football field). During the renovation, if we wanted to practice our instruments, we had to use one of the three small practice rooms on the second floor of the old house.

    One night, I was practicing in the first room, and could hear someone playing the piano in another room, which I was pretty sure was the last (3rd) room. There was also I think two big rooms on the second floor, which were used for classes. That night, the choir was practicing in one of the big rooms. Around 9:15 p.m. (they locked up the house at 10:00 p.m.), the choir finished practicing and I heard some of the people talking in the big hallway on the second floor. About 5 or 10 minutes later, everyone from the choir practice had left – I no longer heard anyone talking. The other person that was playing the piano was still there at the time. About 15 minutes later, I heard that person leave. (I no longer heard the piano playing, I heard them pass by in the hallway, and heard them walk down the stairs – the stairs creaked every time someone walked up or down them.) It was a little creepy, since I knew I was now in the house all alone. I continued practicing, however, and about 10 or 15 minutes later, I heard a piano playing for about 10 seconds. I stopped practicing and got really nervous, since I hadn’t heard anyone come up the stairs or walk by the room I was in. I then assumed that someone had come to the house and somehow walked by my room without hearing them. I continued practicing, when a few minutes later, I heard the piano playing again, for about another 10 seconds. I was about 10 times as nervous as the first time, and immediately stopped practicing again. I slowly and quietly walked out of my room, into the narrow hall connecting the three practice rooms, and walked to the practice room next to mine (the second room). I peeked in, saw nobody in there, then walked to the third practice room, expecting someone to be in it, sitting at the piano, but nobody was in there, either! I freaked out, ran back to the room I was practicing in, grabbed all my stuff, ran down the stairs, and ran out of the house.

    The next day, I told the secretary of the music department what had happened, and he told me that Dr. Cross (the music department head at the time) had said that the house was haunted. When I asked Dr. Cross what made the house haunted, he refused to tell me. I BEGGED him to tell me, but he just wouldn’t. Does anyone out there know if this house is haunted, and why? It’s been bothering me for over 30 years, and I’d love to know what happened inside this house. (I need some closure.) Also, I looked at a map of the campus tonight, and it seems as if the house is not on the map. Has the house been torn down? (I haven’t been to the college since I graduated).

    I never believed in ghosts before this, and still don’t want to believe in ghosts, but after this incident, I have no choice. Any information anyone can give me would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

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