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Winchester Mansion
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created by Dotsebeil on 1/29/2007 4:15 PM
last modified by Dotsebeil on 1/29/2007 5:27 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, California
United States
Owner: Winchester Mystery House
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Everything about this mansion is interesting!

    Number of rooms: 160
    Cost in early 20th century: $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 windows: Frames 1,257; panes approx. 10,000
    Number of doors: Doorways 467, doors approx. 950 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 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
    Blueprints available: No, Mrs. Winchester never had a master set of blueprints, but did sketch out individual rooms on paper and even tablecloths!

     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1884
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • binoculars
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Walking shoes!
    From :

    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.

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