Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Ghost of Claudia Chambers, The Chambers Mansion - San Franciso, California

In 1887, silver tycoon Richard Chambers is said to have built a stately manor featuring two tower like features in the front facade.  Chambers made his mark on Utah gaining wealth from the silver mines, but it would be this new mansion in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco that would become well known all over the world, in a haunting way.

The Chambers Mansion (The Mansions Hotel) in San Francisco is said to be haunted by the spirit of Claudia Chambers who died in the home in the years before it was a hotel.  Photo credit: http://www.noehill.com/sf/landmarks/sf119.asp
The Chambers Mansion (The Mansions Hotel) in San Francisco is said to be haunted by the spirit of Claudia Chambers who died in the home in the years before it was a hotel.  Photo credit: http://www.noehill.com/sf/landmarks/sf119.asp

Chambers' two neices lived with him during his time at the new San Franciso mansion. It was no secret that the two nieces did not get along well. When Richard died in 1901, the two women split the property.  One stayed in the mansion and the other built one right next to it.  At some point during this time period, Claudia Chambers who lived in original mansion, was found brutally murdered in the home.  It is rumored that her body was almost completely hacked in half and her head nearly decapitated.  She received countless stab wounds.  The family attempted to cover it up as an accident of sorts, but everyone knew it was no such thing.

Time passed and the home became empty.  It was purchased and converted to a hotel in the 1970s. The two mansions previously occupied by the Chambers women were joined together into what became known as "The Mansions Hotel". During The Mansions' hotel days many unexplained experiences were reported by the guests that stayed within it's walls.  Many say that their sheets were pulled off in the night by some unseen hand. A shadowy figure moving about was reported by others as well as cold spots throughout the hotel. Eerie, unexplained noises could be heard at night.


The Chambers Mansion in it's hey day as The Mansions Hotel, San Francisco, California.
The Chambers Mansion in it's hey day as The Mansions Hotel, San Francisco, California.

Seances were held at the hotel by several groups to try and determine what was causing all of the untorrid acts within the mansion.  During one seance, the participants claimed to have summoned the ghost of Claudia Chambers and the even took photographs which were put on display in the hotel.  In the 1990s, paranormal experts did studies on the structure and confirm that something is very active within it's walls.  A gallery was setup in the hotel so that guests could see photos and read stories of other's ghostly encounters.  What is uncanny is that the adjoining structure which is newer than the original mansion, has not shown any paranormal activity at all.

The hotel prospered for over 30 years, playing host to the Ghost of Claudia Chambers.  Then in 2002, the hotel at 2220 Sacramento Street was partitioned back into two private homes.  Today the home is a registered landmark and it is unknown as to whether or not the new occupants of The Chambers Mansion have had and brushes of the "ghostly" kind.


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