It's Wolfe Manor, named after current owner Todd Wolfe. And it is so much more than meets the eye. "It seems like the door should creek or something. Can we leave it propped open? Yeah."
Windows are boarded up to prevent vandalism. But the open door sheds some light on the skeletal remains of a beautiful home. "I take things apart just out of curiosity to see what's underneath for the hospital they put these plastic things and metal. Underneath is a beautiful piece of wood. Exactly."
The house was built in 1922. The homeowners lost it during the depression and it later became a sanitarium and convalescent hospital. Wolfe bought the home in 1999 as a venue for his eight year Halloween attraction "Scream If You Can". Neighbor complaints shut it down, so the house now sits vacant. 'Til it's re-invented once again as a haunted hotel.
"I get emails daily. I get emails, facebook. It's absolutely crazy for all over the world that people want to come here," says Todd Wolfe. They want to come to experience the next interesting chapter for this 85-hundred square foot, 89-year-old craftsman style home that many believe is haunted.
In fact, Wolfe says it may be the most famous haunted location in the country. "This place is different and i don't know why. I can't explain it. Call it what you want if it's spirits, ghosts, whatever, but there's activity in this house."
"This will probably be one of the most famous rooms for people to rent." Wolfe says paranormal experts have detected spirit of a woman named "Mary" in this bedroom.
And the spirit of a man named "George" is another "According to a lot of psychics there's a gentleman up here and he's very disgruntled. He does not like men. But he toys with women"
The question now is will he toy with guests who book this room? "You're like, okay, time to go." Not a question for the faint of heart.
"It's going to be a huge tourist attraction for the city of Clovis. It's going to be a destination" A destination for what's sure to be a memorable stay in the Wolfe Manor Hotel.
The Wolfe Manor was originally built in 1922 as a private residence. It was easily the most opulent mansion in Clovis at the time, complete with a swimming pool in the basement and a ball room on the fourth floor. The original owner, Anthony Andriotti was bankrupted due to the enormous cost to build it and subsequently lost the house a couple of years later.
The Mansion was purchased in 1935 and became the Hazelwood Sanatorium, treating patients with terminal illnesses (TB, etc). It was sold again in 1942 and became the Clovis Avenue Sanatorium. It was licensed to treat mental illness by the State Board of Mental Hygiene.
Interviews with ex staff and retired Clovis police officers indicate that it seemed there were one or more deaths at the Sanatorium every day. Many ex employees have come forward to confess quitting soon after they were hired due to the excessive amount of deaths and mal- treatment at the Manor. Many have also reported supernatural occurrences as well, contributing to their decision to leave.
Wolfe Manor has become a landmark paranormal location in the Western United States and attracts researchers from all over the nation. People have experienced contact with the unknown by being physically touched, collecting EVP recordings (easily hundreds), photographic and video evidence, witnessing disembodied voices and actually seeing full blown apparitions.