PITTSBURG — Over the years, people have passed the “mystery house of Pittsburg,” also known as Graham’s Castle.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday people will have an opportunity to tour the house and learn of its history. The house is located at 601 Grandview Heights. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 14 at the door.
The event is hosted by Paranormal Science Lab and current owner owner Eric DeGruson to raise money to restore the 80 year-old home.
Paranormal Science Lab focuses on working at historic sights to educate people and preserve history. This event is part of their Mysterious Four States series.
The house has been empty for the past 20 years and many repairs are needed.
DeGruson said what happens after the home is restored is still in the works, the tours are just the beginning of the process.
Staneart Graham, who was a lawyer, moved into the house in 1937. He designed the house himself although he was not a trained architect.
The house is reminiscent of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures and was made out of recycled materials.
“It was a labor of love and designed to be forward thinking,” Team Leader of Paranormal Science Lab Lisa Livingston-Martin said.
The structure was built with brick, steel and concrete. Some materials were pulled from mines.
When constructing the home it appears he had self-sustainability in mind, with a windmill connected to generators and batteries stashed away. His house did not have running water when it was built. Graham constructed a concrete roof, designed to pool rain water into a bath.
The home belonged to Graham’s family until the 1960s, then purchased by Eugene DeGruson, Eric’s uncle. Eugene was a local historian and was interested in southeast Kansas history.
“It has a lot of fond memories for my family and Graham’s family,” Eric said. “It was a place where I had christmas dinners and a lot of family gatherings.
“I’d like to get it to the point to where Graham built it.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.