Haunted Bissman Building
193 N. Main St.
Mansfield, OH 44902
193 N. Main St.
The structure was built in 1886 where Peter Bissman's expanded wholesale grocery still stands today, but not in operation. In the early 1930s the twenty smokestacks on the north and south sides of the Bissman's filled the early morning air with the rich aroma of coffee, as its own brands Red Ban Java Blend, Steel Cut and Acme were prepared fresh each day. Downtown residents would wake to the scent of roasting coffee beans and return home at workday's end to the fragrance of roasting peanuts.
The building has an early Romantic Gothic styling and shares a haunting similarity with the Historic Ohio State Reformatory since they were both built in the same year by the same architect.
The Haunted Bissman Building aired on the SyFy Channel during a Ghost Hunter's episode in 2010!
The Haunted Bissman Building was featured in the movie " The Shawshank Redemption". It was the Brewer Hotel where Brooks, actor James Whitmore, went to stay and hung himself soon after being paroled from The Shawshank Prison. The building was also utilized in the film as the front office of the building of the Portland Daily Bugle. The Haunted Bissman Building is not open to the public traveling along the Shawshank Trail. Photos are encouraged from the outside of the building.
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In 2007 the building was leased to a major film production company, the Midnight Syndicate, for the production of The Dead Matter, a vampire movie that was released in October of 2008.
The Haunted Bissman Building, nicknamed as Dead Souls Studio, has a long history of haunted activities and has hosted ghost hunters from all directions.
All groups and individuals traveling The Shawshank Trail who are interested in paranormal tours of the Haunted Bissman Building, please contact Joe James at 419-295-5002 or www.bissmanbuilding.com or email@example.com.
See the Haunted Bissman Building on My Ghost Story below.