:: UrbEx Series :: Rispin Mansion :: part 1

it had been a lengthy passage of time since the last UrbEx series before yesterday’s “shell” posting – so let’s keep the ball rollin’ with an intro to Rispin Mansion. This abandoned structure sits on the banks of Soquel Creek in Capitola on 6.5 acres. It was built out of 500 tons of solid cement. 

When F. A Hihn died in 1913 his daughter put the estate up for sale. Rispin comes along (actually a rich San Franciscan) at the end of WW1 and buys it up.  It features 4 stories and 22 rooms.

He clearly he had opulent and sumptious plans for this “Capitola-by-the-Sea“, but by 1928 he was flat broke.
He lost the mansion and pretty much all of his assets over the next 3 years. 

Next a millionaire from Burlingame, Rober Hays Smith, bought the home, but the family ran into financial hardship during the Great Depression (duh) and wound up abdicating the estate in 1939. He never even lived there.
From there it was sold to the Catholic Church and was used as a convent until the nuns left in the late ’50s. They left because of reported cold spots in the house and the flurry of unwanted visitors.. and whether or not that includes the several reputed ghosts is vague.
But apparently it hosted generations of keg parties and even some hippie squatters who lived there for a few years in the 60’s with a heard of goats on the top floor.  It’s been slated to become an Inn & Spa but the project length seems very protracted. 
more pics and the “Lady in Black” tomorrow on part 2
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4 Responses to “:: UrbEx Series :: Rispin Mansion :: part 1”

  1. Brittany Says:

    What a beautiful building. What a shame that it has fallen into such disrepair. How do you find these places?

  2. What Should You GoSee? » Blog Archive » Local Sight-Seeing « Live Little Says:

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  3. UnseenBritain Says:

    I have a few Urban Exploration pics on my website, take a look: UnseenBritain.co.uk

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