Saturday, 27 June 2020

HARGRAVE: WHERE DEMONS ONCE DWELT . . . PART TWO: A NEW BEGINNING?

 44 Hargrave has now become 50 Hargrave Street. 

Where once stood the grim and ominous (and allegedly haunted) abandoned apartment building nicknamed "Demon Hotel" there has arisen a brand new modern apartment building in Downtown Winnipeg. For those who never dared venture near the boarded up shell of the sinister looking old building, or have never heard whispers of  spooky tales from Downtown Winnipeg denizens, you can peruse the pages of this Blog to discover chilling rumors of things once seen and heard at night at that possibly cursed spot on Hargrave Street, beginning here. Long before it was destroyed by a mysterious blaze, it was known as Kenilworth Court when it was built well over a century ago, as a living, occupied dwelling; it was later branded Demon Hotel by sinister reappearing graffiti during its years as a decaying, abandoned building. Where there was once the charred and broken ruins of a legendary location of paranormal reputation, now proudly stands: 




A 6 storey, 65 suite downtown in-fill apartment building with covered parking and surface parking lot behind building. Mix of one and two-bedroom rental apartments: 85% 1-bedroom and 15% 2-bedroom suites ranging in size from approximately 440 to 690 square feet. Concrete and steel construction. Source.








50 Hargrave St. on the left peeks over the trees looking from the East, while on the West side the famed Golden Boy atop the Manitoba Legislative Building seems to  be turning away from the formerly cursed spot.


The stark contrast between the two structures can be explicitly seen in the following comparison pictures:





A local amateur parapsychologist (who prefers anonymity) speculates: "There may be potential sources for ghostly phenomenon at this area of Hargrave Street, including the old Edwardian-era Dalnavert House (now turned Museum) just across the street, not to mention whatever unknown and forgotten things left beneath the surface by the Indigenous Peoples of the Prairies over the centuries. It is widely thought that supernatural entities attract each other to locations where they feel comfortable, and the derelict rooms of an old building (already infused with psychic vibrations from previous tragedies) could attract wandering spirits. Would not demons and other malevolent entities be far behind? There can be little doubt that demons and evil spirits would have felt quite at home among the dark, rotting walls of the abandoned apartment building, with some sinister past already associated with it."





Will we ever again hear rumors of  lamenting wraith-like faces peering through the dark windows of the building on Hargrave Street? Yes, the dark and broken windows have been replaced by gleaming wide new glass and aluminum, but were those cracked and crumbling orifices really portals looking into a supernatural plane? 



The narrow side space with its cracked bricks, faded paint and lifeless shrubbery, forming a long dark secluded corridor that may have been the lurking place of a mysterious Cat Lady, is now gone. Today it is a well lit, sparse and utilitarian space, certainly more safe and secure from ordinary urban dangers, but will it also deter dangers of a more other-worldly nature?  























A smooth and spacious concrete parking area has covered over the charred debris-filled ruins of the basement, whose dark, maze-like underground corridors and tunnels are right out of a horror movie. But is this like building a home over a graveyard?



The broken brickwork, cracked plaster, and rotting timbers may be gone, but so also are the ominous dark windows promising eerie sights, the mysterious and sinister graffiti, the long dark hallways of the crypt-like basement beckoning your imagination to weird and supernatural things. Gone is a scary-looking old deserted and broken building, with many obvious physical dangers, if not occult threats. But gone also is a symbolic icon suggesting to some people a world of strange and supernatural happenings, the mysteries of the afterlife, and weird phenomenon defying logic and common sense. Nevertheless, hopefully gone too as well will be the terror and trauma suffered by innocent victims of the macabre forces of the paranormal.


Now that the supposedly cursed building called "Demon Hotel" has gone up in flames, and has been demolished, excavated and replaced by a new structure, will the terrors of the past be exorcised permanently, or do potentially latent horrors still lurk at the former site of the legendary haunted place? If any dark spirits were residing in the decaying hulk of the old building, were they displaced from the grounds of Hargrave Street to seek dwelling is some other gloomy place, or are they still tethered to the spot of their preferred haunt, awaiting a chance to test out their new upgraded residence? To those who now move in, bringing life again to a place once lifeless and maybe even cursed, perhaps it would not be too superstitious a thing than to bring with you some powerful religious talisman or other lucky charm to ward away any lingering shadows of the past. And if one dark night strange and unearthly sounds are heard, or you see something moving out of the corner of your eye, perhaps there is nothing to lose by performing an exorcism ritual, just to be sure? Is this now the end of the Legend of Demon Hotel? Has the new apartment building provided a new beginning and brought peace and life to a place some thought to be a stop for restless spirits?

Who knows the future? Perhaps, only the Dead.





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Monday, 25 May 2020

HARGRAVE: WHERE DEMONS ONCE DWELT . . . ?

From the ruins where once stood the notorious "Demon Hotel," legendary site of rumoured paranormal activities, now rises a new structure. Will the curse of the supposed gateway to Hell be lifted, or will the new building be haunted by the same dark spirits that, according to urban legend, once found residence in this sinister location?


Those unfamiliar with the unbelievable story of Demon Hotel, see this link for a summery. From its days as a Downtown apartment building with a creepy reputation, to the empty abandoned structure attracting stories of weird and terrifying events, to the start of demolition that was broken by a mysterious fire, to the long stretch where only a grim weed infested lot marked its location, the ominous tale of Demon Hotel is a story told by residents of Winnipeg interested in the strange world of the paranormal.







A place of mystery and dread for years, it is alleged that the abandoned apartment building on Hargrave attracted sinister forces from beyond.












The long delayed demolition of Demon Hotel was finally accomplished by a mysterious fire, the cause of which was never publicly revealed.





Eventually, only an ominous plot of weeds and ruins marked the location of the supposedly haunted site.






Then, in the cold, dark days of last winter, like long dormant seeds of evil finally sprouting through the ice, new activity was seen at the allegedly haunted grounds of Hargrave Street.

Here is a visual summery of the rebirth from the ruins of Demon Hotel




































COMING SOON: the first look at the completed structure of the new building resting on the ruins of the the legendary sinister DEMON HOTEL. Will echoes of past horrors linger in the supposedly cursed location?

Friday, 8 February 2019

DEMON HOTEL: RESURRECTION?

DO SEEDS OF TERROR SPROUT FROM GRAVE OF DEMON HOTEL?



On a once silent plot of land, on a street in Downtown Winnipeg, residents awoke to find something different. The street is eerily called "Hargrave" and ironically halfway down the street between Broadway Avenue and the Assiniboine River  there indeed was a  grave. It was the grave of the once notorious structure nick-named Demon Hotel. Silent these last three years, after a long and mysterious legacy of fear and superstition was broken by a devastating fire, something now stirs among the ruins.



This Blog has devoted its time documenting the urban legend of Demon Hotel, from rumours of mysterious happenings when it was an occupied Downtown apartment building, to stories of supernatural occurrences after it was condemned and abandoned (at least by the Living), to its fiery destruction, publicly attributed to teenage arsonists. Finally all that was left was an empty plot of land overgrown with weeds and bushes, dust and trash, covering the subterranean ruins of the supposedly haunted building. It was thought that this was the end of the bizarre story of Demon Hotel, however suddenly could a new chapter be starting?

 

The legend dates back several years, to mysterious happenings even before the dilapidated apartment building was officially "condemned". Located across from the 19th Century Edwardian Dalnavert House, once thought haunted and now a museum, tall tales of ghostly events started to circulate. As the ominous looking building stood abandoned and rotting, year after year more rumors and legends began to accumulate. There is an urban myth of the Government worker who, after having several evasive and unsettling telephone contacts with a respondent, traced the person to their location -- the long abandoned apartment building on 44 Hargrave, where no living soul occupied. There were unconfirmed rumors of homeless people who were never seen again after seeking shelter in the ominous structure. Sightings of mysterious graffiti, stories of a wraith-like "Cat Lady" who appeared at night, and most of all, reports of terrifying ghostly visages peering through the broken windows continued, establishing the suggestion that supernatural manifestations emanated from that specific location. For further descriptions of these events, check this link. Myth or not, the very appearance of the building would fit right into a contemporary Horror Film, and many locals thought of it as a quintessential "Haunted House". 

Inside the decaying structure were dark empty rooms and nightmarish basement corridors worthy of Freddy Krueger. There was even the terrifying documented tale of a local Urban Explorer who dared to venture inside the allegedly cursed building. To see what laid within Demon Hotel, check this link.



The catastrophic fire that destroyed the old Building was blamed on teenage vandals, however there is no record in the media of any convictions to the alleged crime, so to some there was still an element of mystery in the seeming end of the Demon Hotel saga. All was quiet, until recently the morning din of Downtown Winnipeg was overshadowed by ominous bangs and clangs of pile drivers from the site of the supposedly cursed lot. Something is being constructed over the grave of Demon Hotel.






Some self-proclaimed local psychic experts even suggested that a place of tormented souls actually attracts other malevolent spirits, making the building a literal "Demon Hotel." Of course most people did not take the urban myth seriously, a local joke going, "when they're not in Hell, they stay at Demon Hotel." However, what if there was even a small bit of truth to these stories? What would it mean to the inhabitants of Hargrave and the surrounding streets, especially now that new construction threatens to disturb the slumber of things best left alone? What will be the effect to any people who enter the new structure? Did the new builders consider having the site subjected to exorcism rites before digging into the possibly cursed ground?

FACES OF DEMON HOTEL OVER THE YEARS












Are curses real? What happens when you build over the ruins of myth and superstition? Whatever happens, we will return to document any weird and mysterious happenings at the former location of the notorious place known to some as "Demon Hotel."