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 Cooper

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.

Newspaper Articles

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Murder charge dropped in ’88 death of ex-priest News OK

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Priest Beaten To Death In Apartment News OK

Suspect netted in sex roundup News OK

Paranormal Activity?

Occasionally while in locations, I will record video or sound on my basic point and shoot digital camera. This location I recorded several audio clips but didn’t review them until several weeks later. The clip below was recorded in the lower level, right next to the original building. You will hear us walking through the debris, but listen carefully and you will hear a voice say “Don’t Ignore Me”. After not sleeping all night and not exactly sure what we had recorded, we headed back to the location and tested out several possibilities. We set the recorder and walked down the hallway whispering “Don’t ignore me” every foot or so. The results were shocking. After you get more than 5 feet from the recorder, all you hear is a muffled, but full of reverb and echo whisper. The recording is way to clear for it to have been whispered from more than 3 feet away. I had the recorder in my hand, and I was at least 15 feet from the other 2 in our team. So you decide what it could be….

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frecklefacegirl
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frecklefacegirl

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
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where is this location?

frecklefacegirl
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frecklefacegirl

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
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Ashley

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.

Ninja
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Ninja

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.

Kris
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Kris

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

Ashley
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Ashley

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.

Blueberry
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Blueberry

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

Ashley
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Ashley

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
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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.

brian
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brian

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

Angela
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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
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Jodie

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
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Jeanie Sproles

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

shane
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shane

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

STEVEN
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STEVEN

I SEE IT!

Noah
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Noah

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

Ashley
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Ashley

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.

Brave D
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Brave D

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.

Debbie Waller
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Debbie Waller

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 »

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Jessica
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Jessica

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

Juanita
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Juanita

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
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MIchelle

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
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Diane

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

Logan Walters
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Logan Walters

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!

princessa2j
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princessa2j

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

princessa2j
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princessa2j

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
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Adge

It says it was abandoned in the 80s Hun 🙂

Stephen Christensen
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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
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Gianna

Do you happen to know the address?

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

Brianna Denton
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Brianna Denton

What about the demon

Katia
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Katia

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

Rick
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Rick

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

Ninja
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Ninja

The wood building is now burned down but the brick building still remains.

Tiffany
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Tiffany

Do you know when it burned down? Me and a few members of my family went to St. Vincent's a few days ago and it was very intriguing. I am very curious about when, and how this other building burned down.

James Lake
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James Lake

I work next door – I think the 2 story home that was attached on the east side was moved, not burned. A family lived there for a while in the late 90s; I think that is their daughter's doll that ended up upstairs in the hospital. Dad was a roofer, and put a new roof on the shell of a house.

V. P. Crain
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V. P. Crain

Having lived in the Oklahoma City area all my life (since 1942), I found the St. Vincent’s Home article very interesting. Wondering as to where St. Vincent’s was located, I was disappointed that no location was given. A search on the web also produced nothing as to whereabouts. Never having heard of St. Vincent’s, I can’t help wondering where it was. The only clue is in the picture that looks out of a wall, through studs, at an street intersection. Realizing that these pictures are fairly recent, I note that the intersection looks to not be in town. I’m left… Read more »

Howe
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Howe

it is on n.e. 23rd st between bryant eastern

Myranda
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Myranda

It's on 23rd between Eastern and Bryant

Joseph
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Joseph

Both of the prior replies are wrong. On N.E. 23rd Street, it's on the left side about a half mile PAST Bryant, it is not between Eastern and Bryant.

Hestia
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Hestia

Located in N.E OKC. just west of Coltrane Rd on 23rd st. Can't miss it

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Eric
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Eric

I do metal detecting and I have recently scanned the ground and found a Winchester shotgun shell that dates from 1905-1938. I found it along one sidewalk east of the building. Makes me wonder what was there before the home.

tracy
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tracy

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS BUILDING IS???????

Lucas Broussard
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I freaking drive by this building every day and I've been wondering what it was like inside.

Amy
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Amy

Where is it I live in okla city n don't remember ever seeing it

Lara Stockham
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Lara Stockham

okay where is it? like the exact location please tell me :c cause the map is locked and I am dying to know the information…

Lara
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Lara

Oh please email me the information If you can at lstockham99@gmail.com

Sara
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Sara

It is on the North side of NE 23rd a few miles east of I-35

Sheila Seivert-Thomason
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Sara…
Could you please email me any information on an address or who to contact so a small group could take a tour.
Do people just go on in & not get in trouble?
Thanks in advance!

TigerLily911
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TigerLily911

I like the lighting in the first few pics.

Odd one though with that Class A uniform cover lodged behind a rusty pipe… And it's shaved too- no civilian in their right mind would waste time shaving a beret if they were just going to trash it. Makes me wonder if it drifted over on it's own from Fort Sill, or did a few Privates have a wild graduation party out in the ruins and leave it behind…

Lol- being a military servicemember myself, I take too much notice in these kinds of things.

Diana Marie Goforth
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Where exactly is this located at?

BlueSkies Tha Limit
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just google 23rd street and palomino dr. oklahoma city

Brandi
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Brandi

in the pic of the three windows, if you look in that window on the left, you can see the outline of a mans face inside the broken part. Has no one else noticed that??

ppiparanormal
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ppiparanormal

Our paranormal group gave tours at this location. I was taken down to the floor by unseen hands (which was caught on tape), but since I had a dark shirt on there were prints on the shirt. The minute you walk in you have feel two things, your not wanted there, and at times fear. Other activity include your name being called, a tap on the shoulder, hearing one or more people talking. The building was also used for a electricity school (found papers while cleaning), and a place to help the poor. The land is private property, the tours… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Would you mind sharing who to contact to investigate the location? Thanks

Sally
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Sally

How do you get the tours or how do you join a paranormal group,very interested.

Diane
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Diane

I am case manager for Ghost Science of Oklahoma. Who did you contact to investigate this location? Please let me know. adiane37@hotmail.com

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Kay
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Kay

A few of your pictures have figures in them. Does no one see them? Did no one see them when you were there?

Gene
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Gene

Which pictures? I didnt see anything.

Sol
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Sol

Wow this is just a few blocks away from where my parents live.
It doesn't seem like there are attempts to keep people out so that means it's probably full of garbage, graffiti and condoms but it still looks pretty awesome. I didn't know OKC even had something like this.

Hestia
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Hestia

I grew up right around the corner. Homeless people sometimes stayed there. During holidays we would take a plate to whoever was there. Heard it was haunted but never gave much thought to it.

Gene
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Gene

I am very sensitive to paranormal things, I smell things, hear things, feel things and I could not bring myself to go inside of this place, something told me that it was a bad idea.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Hi Gene I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?

briana
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briana

I have the same gift but unlike you I can actually see spirits they can interact with me I can see demons to. I went into st Vincent's. something evil lives there.

Mik
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Mik

Good for you I'm a 18 year old medium place like this are dangerous some of those spirits will hurt you, if and unless you have proper guardian angle. In these places they have multiple bad spirits and one guardian angle as. I was told could be out numbered and die. Yes you can die in the afterlife.

Daira
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Daira

Smart

Catherine
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Catherine

Does anyone know who owns this place?

Larry La Liberte
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Larry La Liberte

His name was Father Richard Dolan…..not Frank….he was also an artist and signed his paintings "Dick Dolan"

jacobf
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jacobf

So is this private property? Is there someone I would need to contact to explore or is it completely abandoned?

gary
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gary

Where is it located at?

stephamie
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stephamie

Anyone know the address of this old mental hospital?

Brian
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Brian

Whoa, that recording was freaky.

Segreta Davis
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Segreta Davis

my mother was was there. I was around 8 years old, dont remember very much. my mother was commited there for awhile.she was real sick.and didnt know anything, where did the medical files go. i would like to see my mother files. does any oneknow where they know, the st.Vincent mental hospital on Robinson orWalker st north. thank you

calvin white
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calvin white

Who owns the building….would like to get permission to investigate….email me.

Daira
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Daira

They tried to demolish it but after several unexplainable interferences they gave up and left the brick part. It took months just to tear down the wooden addition to the building. I drove by everyday for most of my life and it always gave off feeling that bad things happened there. When I saw the bulldozers a year or two ago, I knew they wouldn't succeed in destroying it. I told my husband watch something will happen…delay after delay I honestly think the workers said screw you we are outta here

jeff
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jeff

Can you go inside

Michelle
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Michelle

Do they allow tours of the facility?

Bridge Loans - BridgingHomeLoan
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Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Thanks for providing this info.

Sophie
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Sophie

I want to do a photo shoot in the building. Does anyone know who owns it and a way of contact?

Dawn
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Dawn

I wish rather then let buildings go to crap we could either house homeless people in them or at least take them down & make it just land again.

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