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The Julie Ideson Building

Houston, Texas

n this former public library which is adjacent to the new one, Mr. Cramer used to roam the premises during his days as a janitor in the early 1900s. He would spend his leisure time strolling about the halls playing melodies on his violin, and playing with his dog. In 1936, he died alone in his room, which lies in the basement. Employees report that eerie strands of violin music are heard throughout the halls, usually on dreary, cloudy days. Mr. Cramer has also been spotted in one of his favorite haunts during his mortal life–the history room.

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mandui says:

January 27, 2006, 12:01 pm

I found this unbelievable. I was acctually there. The music was calm, yet errie. Anybody would want to leave, but they couldn;t unless it was after hours or someone who was not looking for something specific.

keisha ringland says:

February 16, 2006, 8:55 pm

that is cool that you really experienced this!!! i would love to go there!!! i would love to go anywhere haunted!!! got any suggestions???

yo mama says:

February 28, 2006, 8:29 pm

like i care l.o.l

bill McMill says:

March 16, 2006, 11:56 am

that is cool but also freaky when i told my friend about it was creepy i mean… come on a dead guy playing violin thats awesome!!!

suy says:

July 10, 2006, 3:34 pm

I went there last month on my lunch break just because and I didn’t like the feeling. I was on the stairs and I felt like someone was going to push me of. I usually don’t mind stairs but that feeling was wiered.

sally henson says:

August 2, 2006, 11:27 am

that’s weird but cool.hahahaha….lol….but i mean i’ve been there before i was a princibal…during the years back then they had a exorsism preformed and i was right in the middle of it they didn’t let me leave because i had seen the janitor.after the exorsism was preformed every body left i quit because i got shocked and i stayed there after evryone had left i had to move out my stuff and take it to my car…once i wen back in to turn off all the light’s go threw all the hallways make sure everything was clean… the hallway:5 there was the janitor staring right at me….i think i almost **** in my pant’s i was so scared…..he took one look at me and got closer and i moved back….cause i got scared he got a little closer and once again i moved back……..he looked right in my eye and screamed i mean loud

Kendesja Ceasar says:

October 16, 2006, 4:52 pm

helo this is kendesja and i am planning to go to the building once more an di am a little neverous . it is creppy and scary i am scared .

diana says:

October 19, 2006, 1:22 am

I can’t believe Sally mispelled principal!!! I don’t know which school hired you, but you spell worse than the students, I’m sure. You should go back to that haunted building and try to get hired as the new janitor. Creepy.

Erin A.K.A. E.R. says:

October 19, 2006, 11:09 pm

nice one Diana. that girl is wierd.hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

Erin A.K.A. E.R. says:

October 19, 2006, 11:11 pm

nice one Diana. that girl is wierd.heeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

alexis says:

January 20, 2007, 11:36 pm

I well love to go. i think i well take my moms mom

Jessy Houston says:

February 15, 2007, 3:02 pm

I live in houston and I can say my house is haunted I have many things happed but the main ones well here they go:I have been living here at this house for 3 years and ever sence we started remodoling the kitchen we have had things happen.We were all asleep one day and I heard a lady cying a very creepy cry. First I heard it in the back yard then in the hallway and I thought I was going crazy but no My husband heard it to.So My brave husband told me to take a look,As I was getting up to check .The crying stoped.Another time at night we were all asleep and I heard a bang on the kitchen window and seconds latter a glass fell and shattered as if it was thrown with force. We thought it was a burglur but when we checked the house, the kids were asleep,The doors and windows were locked and there was glass on the floor.
We just cleaned up and said nothing.Now two days ago I was in bed and my husband was in the restroom when he came out and was about to get in bed the sink turned on by itself.I have no explesations for these things .So If u have an opinoin please let me know. MJESDEL@AOL.COM

Shorty Yanez says:

February 21, 2007, 4:44 pm

i have been to many diifferent haunted places. I have never herd of this place. bein scared is one thing tah i love to experience. i’ve also lived in many haunted houses in the 16 yrs that i’ve been alive

Shorty Yanez says:

February 21, 2007, 4:46 pm

I have been to many different hauntings in my sixteen years of living. I even lived in a few myself. I have never herd of this story. Maybe I should check it out sometime.

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July 3, 2007, 2:20 pm


nessie says:

August 8, 2007, 5:56 pm

I live in Houston tx and this is tha frist i have heard this story and it’s worth a shot to try it but if you want to hear some thing sacary , their is a school in tha Hieghts a middle school and from tha out side it looks like 3 storys high but from tha inside it is 4 and tha 4th floor is blocked off and you can only get to it from 1 of tha stair cases and you dont just see it you have to be looking for it , well one day tha kids were telling me about it and i didnt belive them i had never seen it and i went there and so during lunch we snuck back into tha main bulding and went up tha staris and there it was boarded up i was scared then , i never notice tha 4th floor before and so this guy took out 2 boards and we crawled though and it smeled and there were desk every where and it was cold and then it happen tha lil boy ran right passed us like if we were not there then the other lil boys ran right passed us and they caught tha lil boy and wre making fun of him , and tha one boy i never forget that face told him tell me how tha floor taste and dropped him of tha stair case them you hear tha scream and then it was like some thing had taken my breath away and givin it right back but hard then we where all scared and ran they said that is why they closed down tha 4th floor this happend in tha 1940’s never again will vist tha 4th floor again

Samantha says:

October 4, 2007, 7:04 pm

I’ve never heard of this and i’m constantly looking for new hanuted places to go. I’m lame, yes, but this is something i’d like to experience. I think it’d be interesting if something would actually happen. I’ve experienced a whole lot when it comes to paranormal. But one of my favorite things to see, or hear rather, i’ve never done. EVP. I got chills typing that, haha. I’d love to experience my own EVP.

HotCarl4All says:

October 6, 2007, 2:33 am

Why can’t half of the above posters spell correctly? What a sad commentary on the state of our current education system.
I am going on the Houston High Spirits tour this evening. The Julia Ideson building is among the stops on the tour. I’m looking forward to it.

wlkndead says:

October 31, 2007, 2:12 pm

I agree HotCarl4All, the ‘Leave a comment’ instructions specifically asks for correct grammar, capitalization, and puctuation.

The only scary thing here is that someone has given Sally Henson is the Principal of a school, uh-oh, what IS the state of our educational system?

manuel says:

January 26, 2008, 9:34 am

What`s the name of the Middle School in the Hieghts?

jenny says:

April 17, 2008, 8:30 am

that’s awesome right jacky?

Jacky says:

April 17, 2008, 8:31 am

that’s awesome jenny!!!

jenny says:

April 17, 2008, 8:32 am

that’s awesome jacky!!!

Brian says:

June 26, 2008, 6:09 pm

Has anyone heard of the ale house over on W. Alabama? Heard a couple of stories about it being haunted from parents and other relatives.

Diana says:

June 27, 2008, 5:16 pm

ha ha at jenny and jacky…that was funny…(i know its only one person). but where is this place at? never heard of it.

I went to Lanier Middle school and part of the 3rd floor was cut off as well. They said that it got cut off because a lab used to be there and it blew up..but i never knew whether to believe that or not. Not that it was haunted or anything but yeah.

Sara says:

August 25, 2008, 3:42 pm

When I was a kid my sister and I would go to the new library and always do a walk thru the old library, Everytime we went in there, it was creepy. It was always quite and it didnt seem like you were alone. My day while my sister was in the Restroom there, i decided to take a stroll up stairs. As I was walking up, Someone pushed me up the stairs. I turned around thinking it was my sister but no one was there. That was the last time we went to the library.

lauren says:

October 13, 2008, 7:27 am

my moms boyfriend has to work there for a short time and the both of us like haunted places! so one day when he came home he said he saw a guy in a uniform with a violin. then he said that he saw him and turned around and when he turned around again he wasen’t there. SPOOKEY!

Angel N Katy says:

October 30, 2008, 11:18 am

I live in Katy, TX and I haven’t even heard of this place. I love to experience haunted places. My friends and I used to visit abandoned houses that were haunted and this one house actually WAS haunted. we never really saw anything but a couple of shadows but we felt it more than anything. I will never set foot in that house again though. The last time I went with my friends to that house, my air seemed like it was cut off and there was a pressure around my throat. We ran outside and then I started coughing violently. It wasn’t until we got to the car, away from the house, that I was able to breathe again. It was a scary and horrible experience.

Angel N Katy says:

October 30, 2008, 11:20 am

That was in Baytown…not in Katy.

the runs says:

March 24, 2009, 11:40 am

This one time in band camp… The unveiling is near soon everyone will be able to see what is really around us. BOOOOOOOOlieve it.

Lesette says:

June 4, 2009, 10:03 pm

I went to this establishment during the month of April of 2009. Right when you enter you feel this weird vibe. You feel like if somebody is looking at you always and it makes you feel very uncomfortable. I kept truning around to see if I could spot anyone or hear anything. To make it even worse the pictures on the wall are very creepy and there is very little lighting inside.

jessica says:

June 28, 2009, 1:40 pm

I think that is pretty cool,freaky,scary,and awesome!!! I mean i play the violin and if i go there we can have a violin off lol but i would be really scared and run for it.

cammy says:

October 27, 2009, 11:22 am

i was in a movie at this library when i was like 11. i saw the ghost

jj says:

October 31, 2009, 3:11 am

were is this place actually located like can anybody give me it address im going to go and check it out

Adriana says:

December 1, 2009, 12:17 am

The middle school they might be talking about could be Hogg Middle School. I know that there is a little girl who is seen in the receptionist area of one of the offices. A friend of my mom works there and she’s used to seeing the little girl appear. The little girl always sits on the bench or chairs in the reception area and doesn’t do or say anything. They’re pretty used to it by now.

I went to Harvard Elementary School in the Heights and my mom was friends with one of the janitor’s there; my mom works as a secretary for the district so she knew a lot of the employees in the central region. Anyway, the janitor said that at night she would hear children laughing and running and doors slamming on the second floor in the older part of the school. Harvard Elem. is over 100 years old. The middle part of the building, (the part of the school that has lockers), is the oldest part of the school, and is where the janitor hears the most activity.

JC says:

September 14, 2010, 4:34 am

I grew up in Houston and remember hearing this story when I was in elementary school on a field trip. The night watchman or janitor was a friendly spirit who use to play music late at night, some stories say to relax people studying late at night and when he died, he continued to play the violin for people working and studying late at night. He was not frightening or malevolent. He is a friendly ghost.

steven says:

October 6, 2010, 1:11 am

ya i went there and it was pretty scary! but my house is so haunted like wen i get done looking at porn on my new Itouch i couldn’t seem to climax. it seem like someone is watching over my shoulder. i asked my son if it happens to him and he said it did so i know my house is haunted!!!!!!!! need help to ejaculate call this number 713 252 6026

Vince says:

April 16, 2011, 5:07 am

I saw a ghost one time at Conroe High School back in 1991 one early morning around 5:20am. It was in the boy’s restroom infront of the auditorium. The ghost or spirit was hiding behind the restroom door. The only thing that caught my attention was the restroom door began to rattled as I was washing my hands. I turned around and was able to catch a glimpse of a violet mist like object floating out behind the restroom door out to the hallway.

Karina says:

July 26, 2011, 11:04 pm

How interesting! I would love to go there, I really think it’s a nice spirit.I just saw a story on tv of a friendly ghost which made me search of places in Downtown Houston which is very old. I wouldn’t be scared at all, just awkward.

Wendy Sells says:

November 17, 2011, 2:15 am

Wednesday night I was wtching ghost hunters program and they talk about bill masey Haunted building and I was wondering if the building is really haunted or not and why the ghosts are haunting differrent buildings and to what is really going on from wendy sells

Jess says:

January 16, 2012, 4:20 am

When I was in 1st Grade at L.T. Cunningham Elementary in Bellaire back in 1996, my friends dared me to walk behind the board of the classroom (the classroom was in one of those wooden old temporary buildings not part of the permanent one) which was like some sort of closet where we would hang up our backpacks; and I remember going with my best friend, he was walking in front of me and all of a sudden I see a woman with long straight hair standing beside him so we both run out and we are covered in dust and lint. I never forget that experience.

paulab says:

March 1, 2013, 2:28 pm

Just a note…To Whom It May Concern, n those of you who are thrill seeking be careful!! You want to open it up take a peek and go home to your nice safe home well those things can follow you are worse attach themselves to you!! Just a reminder to the curious thrill seekers out there. This stuff is real and dangerous… I hope you all stay safe and take my advise. Protect yourself before going. If you’ve never prayed now is a good time to start if you plan on this type of Thrill seeking. Demons are always looking for away in. Just saying… please safe safe. Sincerely, PaulaB.

Maria Matheus says:

October 20, 2015, 7:13 pm

I say that I don’t believe or see any Ghost in my life so that why I would like to know if anyone have been to this haunting library and see or heard anything. Thank you

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