Starr Piano Building

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The late-1800s Starr Piano Company not only made and sold pianos and phonographs but also housed Gennett Records, which recorded jazz, blues and country artists including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Hoagy Carmichael. The complex was partly demolished in the 1970s and the shell still stands. The area is said to be haunted; witnesses have heard footsteps, voices and a phantom truck at the loading dock. Cold spots have been reported as well.

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S 1st St
Richmond, Indiana 47374
United States

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39.82572401565141, -84.90027415726217
Wayne County, Indiana
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  1. I’m afraid reports about this location are just tall tales: This building, and the ones surrounding it, are not at all haunted. It’s located along a river gorge near next two main highways. Just east from the building is a small industrial building, north of it is a very heavily-driven bridge, and south-west of it is the high school. and some heavily traveled streets, which means it gets a lot of echoes and unusual noises.

    It’s also frequented by local teenagers, small-time drug trades, a great multitude of bats and birds, and people enjoying their afternoon lunch breaks. This building, being run-down, is unfortunately just the subject of over-active imaginations.

  2. I went here with my dad and mom, my dad went here a lot when he was a teenager. We took pictures of the windows at night and when we went back to a restaurant we saw ghost in some of the windows from the pictures.

  3. I have personally ghost hunted I’m this location. We had an experience here with a dark figure standing in one of the windows of the top floor. I used to have pictures and EVPs that are now lost unfortunately. This is a very haunted location.

  4. I have been there many times. I can’t say if it is haunted or not haunted. I do get a feeling of being watched.
    Thing is, are there ghosts,my imagination or the homeless that live around the forest?

  5. I lived on S. 3rd street up the hill from the Starr building we played down in the Hallow (holler is how locals pronounce it) In the 70’s before the demo of the buildings there were a lot of hobo’s and pigeons in the building but it has never been haunted no odd noise’s, no shadows, no great ghost stories trust me as kids we would have heard or known of them.

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