St. Vincent’s Home

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: ResidentialChurchHospital
Year Built: 1945
Year Abandoned: 1980's
Status: AbandonedEndangeredGutted
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

When we are looking for possible locations to add to our database, a lot of it comes from simply driving around the state and keeping our eyes open. St. Vincents is one of those locations that we had no information on previous to our visit. After we documented the location, we began the research. What was different about this location was the fact that hardly any information could be found. We ended up searching the Oklahoman archives and what we learned about St. Vincents home was shocking to say the least.

St. Vincent’s Home was operated by the Brothers of Mercy and was built in 1945. The nursing order of Catholic brothers moved to the present location and built the ‘old’ section of the building in 1953. The addition was built using a grant from Hill-Burton. St. Vincent’s takes male patients only. In 1957, patients ranged from a 7 year old boy, and a 90 year old man. The addition added several semi-private rooms with connecting baths, a lounge on each floor, nurses stations, and a chapel.




The home has had it’s share of tragic endings and in 1962, a nurse brutally suffocated two patients, simply for the thrill of it, but the charges were later dropped because the man had schizophrenia. In 1988, Rev. Richard Frank Dolan, who founded the Main Artery (an alcoholics living center at the location) was found murdered in his apartment. And in 1983, a man who lived at the home was shot and killed in Norman.

Rev. Richard Frank Dolan also holds an interesting past. He was arrested for soliciting prostitution in 1984 when he approached a male undercover officer for sex. He also was known to hire men to work for him at a flea market on 10th and Penn in OKC. He was also the center of controversy within the church for his involvement in multiple bingo halls in the city. The investigation into his mysterious death lead police to Colorado where a friend of the priest confessed that this wasn’t the first attack on Dolan. He had a history of attacks and confrontations. There was an arrest made in his murder, however the suspect was released due to inconsistent evidence. To this day, his death remains unsolved.

The building still stands today, but all windows are gone, and trash is everywhere.

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Stephen Christensen
9 years ago

Some friends and I have been here…It is definitely Haunted. We all had experienced doors slamming and loud bangs at opposite ends of the hallways…the basement/lower level seems to have a really thick feeing in the air…might stop here tonight as I will be on the east side exploring other Buildings!

Gianna
Gianna
Reply to  Stephen Christensen
8 years ago

Do you happen to know the address?

Twila Alvree Baldridge
Reply to  Stephen Christensen
6 years ago

Where is this place plez email me theunshyshyan@gmail.com

Brianna Denton
Brianna Denton
Reply to  Stephen Christensen
6 years ago

What about the demon

Katia
Katia
Reply to  Stephen Christensen
4 years ago

I would like to know the address . please contact me to my sideline (415)-940-4247 or email me aguilarkatia18@yahoo.com

Rick
Rick
Reply to  Stephen Christensen
3 years ago

Lol, its not haunted, i was there for over 2 hours and explored the entier building and saw nore herd anything. Ghosts arent real. Lol

princessa2j
princessa2j
9 years ago

hmm, the dates at the top say it was abandoned in 1945, but built in the 80's? lol is it the opposite way around?

Adge
Adge
Reply to  princessa2j
6 years ago

It says it was abandoned in the 80s Hun 🙂

princessa2j
princessa2j
9 years ago

was very interesting to learn this history of this place, I drive by it daily & have wondered about it's history for years, Thank You for sharing it

Logan Walters
Logan Walters
10 years ago

I just tried to explore St. Vincents last week and they have boarded up the whole building and the right side of it is gone. 🙁 It was so disappointing!

Juanita
Juanita
10 years ago

I went out to St. Vincents today on 8/11/10. It has no no trespassing signs, and it definitely is not being used as a swat training facility. I took plenty of pictures, but encountered nothing paranormal. I also visited during the day. Just in case I had any run ins with the law, owner, etc.. the building its self is up for lease. It was cool to go see.. but definitely wasnt the paranormal cesspool I was looking for. It really saddens me to see how un relenting people are in trashing historical buildings. The leasing owner should organize a… Read more »

MIchelle
MIchelle
Reply to  Juanita
6 years ago

Our small paranormal group has been there many times over the past 10yrs. (With owners consent) we have experianced voices, door slams, taps on the shoulder, knocks (when requested) & shadows. We do not trash the buildings, we walk through, take pics, record and leave. We respect the buildings and history of them all. Thats why we love the pics we take and the abandon ok web site. There have been times we have gone there and not gotten anything. But believe me there are sprits there. Just saying.

Diane
Diane
Reply to  MIchelle
3 years ago

I am case manager for Ghost Science of Oklahoma. We would like to investigate this location. Who do we need to contact? Please let me know. adiane37@hotmail.com

Jessica
Jessica
10 years ago

Guys, be careful. This is a swat training facility adn the guy that lives behind WILL call the cops!

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Debbie Waller
Debbie Waller
10 years ago

My friends and I have been here many times. Have had a lot of odd experience's. Voices, EVP's doors slamming etc. It changes each time we go. There are homeless people there sometimes. One time we went back after being there the week before and someone had torn down all the pipes in the ceiling in some of the rooms in the basement. Plus for the record that ghost hunting group did not clean the place up they just swept the debris to the side in the main hall way so no one would fall. Was done with caretakers premission.… Read more »

Brave D
Brave D
10 years ago

Whoa! Some of these entries literally raised the hair on my neck! Pretty freaky stuff, some of it. Think I’ll pass on ever seeing this place. Not my cup of tea.

Ashley
10 years ago

If anyone would like to, feel free to join the Facebook group for hauntings in Oklahoma: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid

We're small right now but are hoping to get a larger following. Once things gets up and running we're hoping to plan regular meet ups or investigations so if you can or would like to, join us and spread the word! If you have photos or stories you'd like to share as well, please feel free to post there. The photos from my recent hunt through St. Vincents as well as the EVPs taken are posted there.

shane
shane
10 years ago

in # 38 look in the window lifet side look at thr stick to the right ther is a face in the window!!!!!!!

STEVEN
STEVEN
Reply to  shane
8 years ago

I SEE IT!

Noah
Noah
Reply to  shane
8 years ago

I dont see it. its the pic of the kitchen right

Angela
11 years ago

Our paranormal group investigated this place (with permission of course)and found it to be incredible! We will be putting the Evp's that we captured on our website granted that we receive permission from the owner to share our finds. We had some crazy experiences and hope to share it with everyone via our website. Thank you AbandonedOk once again!

Jodie
Jodie
Reply to  Angela
7 years ago

how did you get permission? i can't find anything on the owners of the place to call and get permission to go!

Jeanie Sproles
Jeanie Sproles
Reply to  Angela
10 months ago

Who do I get in touch with for permission to do a session at this location? My name is Jeanie I am with grannies Ghost Hunters

brian
brian
11 years ago

ok call me crazy but in the video at 503 to 505 i paused the video in this section if you look inside the open doors bottom left it looks like a face

Ashley
11 years ago

HOLY CRAP we just got back from visiting the home. TWO EVP with a possibility of a third, clear as day. One says "He won't let us" in response to me asking, "Why haven't you moved on?" The second came upon me climbing the stairs to the second floor and is a deeper woman's voice saying, "Where do you think you're going?"

Creepy. As. Hell. Also, seven pictures with large orbs. I'm SO going back.

Angela
Reply to  Ashley
11 years ago

Hey Ashley, I was wondering if you could maybe give our group the address for this incredible place so that we can investigate it too. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our group's email is topic_ghosthunters@yahoo.com
Thanks for any hel you can give.

Blueberry
Blueberry
11 years ago

This place is creepy. When I was checking out the pictures #66 really bothered me. You guys do a great job!

Ashley
11 years ago

Hey again – is there an address or a location for this? I'd like to check it out some time but can't find an address anywhere. Thanks for any help, feel free to email me at twilight_wolf1@hotmail.com if anyone can provide me with one.

Kris
Kris
11 years ago

This only a few blocks from my mom's house. It has always felt strange just driving past it.

Ninja
Ninja
11 years ago

Couple years ago they were trying to restore this place and turn it into an haunted house. But there were alot of squatter living there then and now.

frecklefacegirl
frecklefacegirl
11 years ago

Awesome shots. All of the times I have been in (about 3 or 4) the basement was still completely flooded. And then the last time I went was the night the ghost hunters held a thing there and I was so mad because they had "cleaned everything up".

Which room was that big red melted candle in? I don't remember ever seeing it.

Ashley
Reply to  frecklefacegirl
11 years ago

It should be on the second floor. It's either down the hall or immediately to the right/left of the stair case in the largest empty room. There's an old vanity in the corner to the right of the doorway. The candles are on there, I got some pretty nice pics of them.

frecklefacegirl
frecklefacegirl
11 years ago

Awesome shots. All of the times I have been in (about 3 or 4) the basement was still completely flooded. And then the last time I went was the night the ghost hunters held a thing there and I was so mad because they had "cleaned everything up".

Which room was that big red melted candle in? I don't rember ever seeing it.

Debra Belt
Reply to  frecklefacegirl
7 years ago

where is this location?

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