Morris-Butler House - Indiana Landmarks
Old Northside Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
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Paranormal Investigation of the Morris-Butler House. This is a fundraiser for the Indiana Landmarks organization that operates this building
Explore the spaces of history and hauntings.
4:00 hrs. Explore the spaces of history and hauntings.
The investigation is limited to 15-20 people max (plus unseenpress and Landmarks folks). The cost is $42 per person for an up to 4 hour investigation.
You will have to sign a liability waiver and follow the investigation rules. Liability Waiver and Investigation rules and tips provided in the confirmation.
The Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis takes its name from two families who lived there in the nineteenth century. In 1864, John Morris commissioned the construction of his home on land once owned by Ovid Butler, the founder of Butler University.
Morris was one of the first to move to the new suburb north of downtown. The area quickly became the city’s most fashionable place to live. The Morris family occupied the house until 1878. Noble Butler, a bankruptcy lawyer, moved into the Second Empire-style house three years later with his wife and seven children. The family stayed until Florence Butler, the youngest daughter, died in 1957. Her survivors emptied the house and held an estate auction.
By then, the neighborhood was no longer viewed as an enviable place to live. A majority of the large homes had been divided into apartments during and after World War II, and most were dilapidated. By the mid-1970s, over half of the original houses had been demolished.
In 1964, Indiana Landmarks—then known as Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana—rescued the deteriorated house. Eli Lilly, a founder of Indiana Landmarks, funded the purchase and the five-year restoration directed by architect H. Roll McLaughlin, also a founding board member. Mr. Lilly also paid for the home’s Victorian furnishings. Indiana Landmarks opened the Morris-Butler House as a museum in 1969.
You may notice how I-65-70 curves as it approaches downtown from the east. That curve demonstrates the power of preservation and Indiana Landmarks, which convinced transportation officials planning the interstate construction in the early 1970s to spare rather than demolish the National Register-listed Morris-Butler House. Lobbying to save Morris-Butler House also spared what was then Central Avenue United Methodist Church, now Indiana Landmarks Center.
So many hauntings in this building. Full apparitions, foot steps, shadows. Things moving to other locations or dolls turning heads. It has it all! More details below.
This is not a teaching experience - bring your own equipment. We don't provide it. Sometimes people are generous and let you look at their equipment, but don't count on it. We will split you up in groups of 3-5 ppl to investigate in small groups.
No refunds - if something comes up and you can't go we can try to see if we can find someone from the waiting list to take over, but can't promise it.
(plus unseenpress and museum folks). The cost is $42 per person for an up to 4 hour investigation.
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Left: Upstairs bedroom. This was taken during our investigation with University High School. We have video taken by the trail cameras showing nobody touched the dolls. Yet, the doll obviously change the way she looked.
Below another view of the dolls.
Right: Downstairs Hallway leading from foyer to stairway to basement. We took several pictures and only one had this shadow in the window. From the angle nobody under 7 foot could have made that shadow. Unless they were floating?
Left: Basement hallway.
Below: Stairway to tower - not accessible at this time. But still cool.