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Thomas Hall, built in 1905, is a historic building located in Murphree Area on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, United States. The building is named for William Reuben Thomas, the Gainesville mayor and businessman responsible for bringing the University of Florida to Gainesville.

Architect William Augustus Edwards designed Thomas Hall in the Collegiate Gothic style. Buckman Hall was built at the same time and the two are the oldest buildings on the campus. On October 1, 1974, Thomas Hall was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Residents claim an old caretaker still haunts the building, causing clanking noises every now and again amongst the radiators, especially during the warm months when they’re not even in use.

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Thomas Hall
Gainesville, FL 32603
United States

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29.6511992, -82.34599049999997
Alachua County, Florida
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  1. I lived in Thomas J this past spring semester because I was in overflow housing and Innovation academy kicked my roommates and I out of Beaty West. I don’t really recall hearing clanking noises but I do recall the odd feeling of someone staring at me by the door near my closet while I was about to go to sleep or when I was in my dorm alone. So when my roommates and I would sleep we would leave the light on by the sink that was in our dorms or either turn one of our phone flashlights on and point it at the roof. I never had this feeling anywhere else like the kitchen or the bathrooms, only in that same spot by the door and my closet. Having this feeling almost every night set a sick feeling in my stomach. Might have been just me being paranoid because it was a creepy building but I think it’s weird that I felt that feeling every night.

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