View of the top of the old University Building, 1870s.

View of the top of the old University Building, 1870s

In the late part of the 19th century, the towered and turreted old University Building found its way into the fireside ghost stories of many of its Greenwich Village neighbors. One legend held that the building was haunted by a young artist resident who had died in one of the building's turrets. The spirit was said to pace through the hallways and staircases. In 1880, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that “the structure has an evil repute with the servant girls of the neighborhood…They have a notion that deep in subcellars lie corpses, skeletons and other dreadful things.”

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