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The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, California 95128
Phone: 408-247-2101

In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as
the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.

The Winchestery Mystery House Fascinating Facts

Number of rooms: 160

Cost: $5,500,000

Date of Construction: 1884 - September 5, 1922 (38 Continuous years!)

Number of stories: prior to 1906 Earthquake - 7; presently 4

Number of acres: originally 161.919; presently 4

Number of basements: 2

Heating: Steam, forced air, fireplaces

Number of windows: frames 1,257, approx. 10,000

Number of doors: doorways 467 approx., 950 doors not including cabinet doors.

Number of fireplaces: 47 (gas, wood, or coal burning)

Number of chimneys: presently 17 with evidence of 2 others

Number of cars at her death: 2 (1 1917 Pierce Arrow Limousine & 1 1916 4 cyl. Buick truck)

Number of bedrooms: approx. 40

Number of kitchens: 5 or 6

Number of staircases: 40, total of stair steps - 367

Number of skylights: approx. 52

Number of gallons of paint required to paint entire home: over 20,000

Number of ballrooms: 2 (1 nearly complete and 1 under construction)

Blueprints available: No, Mrs. Winchester never had a master set of blueprints, but did sketch out individual rooms on paper and even tablecloths!

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