Community College Building
"Seattle Central perches atop
Capitol Hill at the very heart of Seattle." This building is located
on the corner of Broadway and Pine in the Capitol Hill District, in the
city of Seattle.
Address: Seattle Central Community
College Building/905 East Pine St./Seattle, Washington 98122.
Description and History:
This three story building was originally
built in 1907, with the purpose of housing Broadway High School. The school's
gymnasium was located on the third floor. In 1946, The Burnley School
of Professional Art moved into the building, and stayed until 1986. In
1986, the building became the South Annex of the Seattle Community College.
Sometime during the Burnley School
years, the owners of the school invited 3 mediums into the building. All
three of the mediums made contact with the ghost of an 18 year old boy,
who was killed, in 1913, after a basketball game in the gym on the third
floor. During a fight, he was thrown down the back stairs. This ghost
was named Burnley by the students.
Various people from both the art college
and those from the community college using the building have had experiences
Art School Experiences: Ghostly activities,
both mild and extreme, seemed to come in spurts
* Students working in the building alone
at any time of day, have heard unexplainable noises coming from adjacent
rooms. One student was working alone in a room in the afternoon, when
she heard someone doing paperwork, and walking around in the room next
door to hers. No one was in that room, but some presence was.
* Foot steps are heard all over
the building. Loud deliberate foot steps coming closer and closer to
the living in the building, has more than once inspired a speedy flight
from the building, taking the steps at record speed.
* One janitor had just entered a
dark classroom to drop off his sweeping stuff, which he intended to
return to, after he had turned on the lights for the building. As soon
as he reached the hallway outside the room, he heard a tremendous crash
coming from the room he had just been in. He went back into the room
to find 4 desks in the middle row had been overturned, and the chairs
* Other acts of mischief include
the turning over of trash cans, opening of desk drawers, opening of
locked doors, the opening and shutting of doors, lights turning on and
off at will, and papers that had been left by the living in neat stacks,
had been found wadded up in little balls.
* On the second floor there is a
five foot platform that models would stand on to pose for students who
were sketching them. One evening, a student put a new coat of paint
on it, and went downstairs to get something to eat. Suddenly he heard
a great noise coming from the room that he had just been in. He rushed
upstairs to find that this five foot platform had been moved to the
opposite corner of the room.
* A female art student, while sitting
at her desk, actually saw her X-acto knife and markers roll themselves
across her desk.
* One female student, who was standing
in front of the window on the top floor, some unseen presence pushed
her from behind.
* Visitors to the art school often
felt a sudden coldness, and had felt uneasy.
* The ghost had a field day tripping
the alarm system put in by the art school owners, to see if the place
was being broken into by local characters. The alarm sounded a lot in
the middle of the night, but no one living was ever found.
Seattle Central Community College
Reported Occurrences - Similar pranks played on the living during the
art school days, are still happening today, despite the upgrade changes
in the building. He has come up with creative ways to annoy and tease
* The college's microcomputer lab is
located on the second floor. It's female manager reported that Burnley
had been favoring the women with his attentions, and ignoring the men.
While she was in the storage room, conducting inventory, a pile of computer
disks suddenly fell on her head. It was no accident, as the disks were
normally kept in a corner far away from where she was working. When
it happened again, she told Burnley to please stop it, as she had a
lot of work to do. He did as she asked.