Since the building of this establishment with funds gained from the sale of beer, it has served as a residence, boarding house, and a restaurant. During the course of the thriving brewery business, four of the Lemp family members committed suicide. After prohibition began, the brewery business became bankrupt and the house went into disrepair. During restoration, the workers reported a feeling of being watched, tools disappearing, and strange sounds which resulted in many workers quitting. While being used as a restaurant, the employees have reported seeing glasses floating off the bar, sounds with no explanation, the piano playing by itself, and apparitions appearing and disappearing at will. The “Lavender Lady”, the divorced wife of William Lemp Jr., has also been spotted before wearing her lavender colored dress. In the basement, a secret door was found, which leads to one of the many caves on the Mississippi River. These caves were used to smuggle slaves, and during Prohibition, alcohol. In 1980, LIFE magazine named the site as “one of the most haunted places in America”.