Stritmater Building

The ornately styled Stritmater Building, recently home to Lanigan's Irish Pub in New Castle, PA, was built in 1881. It originally was home to the Stritmater Bros. dry goods store, owned by William A. Stritmater and brothers James and Joseph. They were dealers in millinery, carpets, merchant tailoring, boots and shoes.

Reported Activity

Interesting paranormal phenomena have been reported here including the sound of running feet in the back hallway late at night, objects moving, loud noises in the kitchen, and physical contact in the basement.

Audio and EVP

"Thank you" - A voice whispers "thank you" after the investigator asks for someone to "talk to us" in the rear basement.

The sound of a soft whistle can be heard after the investigator says "We came to play" in the rear hallway.

"It's clickity clack" - A voice whispers "it's clickity clack" in the rear hallway.

"It's coming" - Two voices, one whispered followed by one very strange sounding male voice, say "it's coming" in the rear basement.

"I knew it" - When asked to talk, a whispered voice says "I knew it" in the rear hallway.

"Yeah" - A long, drawn out voice whispers "yeah" in between investigators conversing in the rear basement.

"That's right" - A voice says "that's right" in the rear basement.

"Annie" - This voice saying "Annie" was recorded in the rear hallway. Store owner William A. Stritmater's daughter Emma Anna "Annie" died when she was almost 3 years old.

"You Care" - A male voice whispers "you care" in this EVP from the front of the restaurant near the fireplace.

"No s*#t" - A male voice seems to whisper something nasty in the back hallway.

"Something There" - A male voice whispers "something there" in this EVP from the back hallway.

"Yes" - A voice seems to answer "yes" when an investigator asks whether someone likes to run in the back hallway at night.

Here's the enhanced answer slower and with noise reduced.

Our Ovilus X experimental ITC device says "boy" in phonetic mode, then a voice seems to answer when an investigator asks for confirmation in the back hallway.

Here's the enhanced answer. What is it saying?

"Help Me" - Our Ovilus X experimental transcommunication device says "help me" in phonetic mode from the rear basement.

This strange moan was recorded in the rear basement.

"Come Back and Visit" - A male voice seems to whisper "come back and visit" in the rear basement.


A strange ball of light passes in front of a curtain in this Infrared video from the rear hallway. Notice how the light disappears as it reaches the edge of the curtain.

Although not visual in nature, our video equipment captured some interesting audio evidence in the rear basement. This soft, female sounding moan was recorded near the boiler in the rear basement.

A voice answers "I don't want to" next to the boiler in the rear basement after an investigator asked if the spirit could light up the lights.

Investigation Notes

Evidence suggests that more than one entity inhabits this location. One seems to be a man who was badly burnt in the basement. Our two sensitive psychics pointed out his existence independently without sharing information.


Based on personal experiences and documented evidence, the 24:00 Projekt feels that there is legitimate paranormal activity occurring at this location.

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