St. Rita School for the Deaf's haunted house demolished

CINCINNATI -- A Tri-State icon is no more. 

The building used as a haunted house by St. Rita School for the Deaf for nearly four decades was demolished Wednesday. 

The school used the red brick building, which sits atop a hill off Interstate 75, as a means to fundraise and provide scholarships. Countless Greater Cincinnatians flocked to the spot for a good scare each season. 

Built before the Civil War, the house was originally used as a boys dormitory. A company renovated the building in 1977 to serve as the school’s haunted house. Each haunted house season saw over 235 volunteers and many more visitors. 

The house hasn’t been used since 2015, and necessary repairs were too "expensive and difficult," according to a statement from the school. 

School officials will collect some bricks from the house, which will be available for purchase for those who are interested in holding onto a piece of Cincinnati history.

Farewell, St. Rita's haunted house. We'll always remember the good scares, screams and that super awesome spinning tunnel. 

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