Monday, November 22, 2010

Winchester Mystery House.

I was looking through my old posts and found that I had never posted this for some reason. I have no idea why. But anyway, I came to the Winchester Mystery House for a project in history last year. Enjoy!

Here is a bio on the place:
The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known California mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years, and is reported to be haunted. This house is located on 525 South Winchester Blvd. in San Jose, California. It once was the house of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, but is now a tourist attraction. The mansion is known for its size and bizarre architecture, such as a window built into the floor, staircases and doors that lead to nowhere, doors that opened to blank walls, and chimneys that stopped 1 ½ feet from the ceiling, and upside down posts. According to popular belief, Winchester thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of individuals killed by Winchester rifles, and that only continuous construction would hold them from unleashing their wrath upon her. So she worked on the house day and night with her $20,000,000 inheritance until September 5, 1922 when she died.
window panes, 17 chimneys (with evidence of two others), two basements, three elevators, and one shower. Every room was detailed with either wallpaper or tiling. Even every door handle, light switch, sink, and other little things on the walls had an intricate design. Mrs. Winchester had a fascination with spider webs, daises, and the number 13. These things can be seen throughout the house from the Tiffany windows to the tiling on top of fireplaces to the 13 palm trees lining the driveway of the house and the 13 candles in chandeliers. Every Friday the 13th the large bell on the property is rung 13 times at 13:00 (1 P.M.) in tribute to Winchester.

There are about 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms and two ballrooms, one completed and one under construction. The house also has 47 fireplaces, 10,000




stairs to the ceiling.


Mrs. Winchester had a fascination with cobwebs.



She also liked the number 13.
Had beautiful Tiffany glass windows.



Door To Nowhere.

Much more to come! I hope you guys are having a lovely week so far! :)

Love, Jenae.

2 comments:

Sammi said...

Oooh! I love that place. I've been there so many times I could give a tour of it. Literally, I've given a tour of it.

A said...

love that place! Its like my childhood "haunted house"
great pics!