The Hilton Netherland Hotel was constructed in 1930 as one of the most luxurious hotels of its time. The architects later used the same design for the Empire State Building in New York. But the Cincinnati hotel had something that the Empire State Building did not — a ghost.
Several accidents occurred during the construction of the French art deco building. According to legend, one man fell to his death from the tower and his body was never found. His wife appeared at the construction site, dressed in her best green dress, looking for any sign of her husband. She never gave up hoping that she’d find him and visited the site repeatedly, roaming the grounds in her green dress, looking for her vanished husband.
Years later, in the 1980’s, reconstruction work began on the hotel to restore it to its art deco glory and the lady in green reappeared. A construction worker arrived at work and saw a woman in a green dress in the Hall of Mirrors. She seemed to be looking for something, so he called out to her, but she turned and disappeared. Other construction workers claimed to see her, too. She’d appear at the work site in her green dress but always ran off when they called out.
The ghost is usually seen in the Hall of Mirrors and on the Mezzanine level, dressed in her best green dress and still searching for her husband. But she may never find him.