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Winchester Mystery House -- Now with Photos! [Jul. 17th, 2005|10:15 am]
Here are the photos from the previously mentioned trip to the Winchester Mystery House. This is a very fun place full of all kinds of wonderful Victorian architecture. I tend to visit it every three years or so, just to marvel at it.

Official aerial photo from around the time of the restoration (1984). Winchester Blvd is in the bottom-right corner of the picture. The water tower (which we'll see later) is on the left edge. Google Maps satellite photo.

Let's start with the dedication plaque. Mrs. Winchester, the architect of the House, had quite the obsession with the number thirteen; in honor of that, the restored monument was officially opened to the public on a Friday the 13th.

Also note that there's an erroneous apostrophe. On the bronze plaque. You'd think they'd proofread those!

The front of the House. On the porch are the decorative front doors with stained glass windows. They've never been used.

A closer view of some of the interesting architectural details on the front of the House.

There are three elevators in the House. This is the motor for the most modern one (in that it's the only one that's electric).

A typical view of the back of the House where one can see many rows of odd rooflines.

A pretty greenhouse in the Victorian style. (I believe it's still in use today by the groundskeepers.)

Heading down into the basement (part of a new tour they've started), you can see this beast of a furnace.

A view of one side. The slanted row of narrow windows is very typical of the House's style: wedge things together.

Elsewhere on the same side of the House. One also gets a nice view of part of the garden courtyard in this shot.

A rose in one of the gardens.

The water tower building which is now used as a billboard (it's just visible from 280). Originally there was a water tank on the roof of this building but it was destroyed by fire (really!) in the 50's.

*sigh* What a lovely house! So charmingly... eccentric. My kind of place! :)

These photos are also in my LJ gallery.

[User Picture]From: qatar
2005-07-17 06:34 pm (UTC)


You have an erroneous (or at least disputable) apostrophe, too. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-07-17 07:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Hah!

I know. I still like the archaic use on years. (Points for spotting that, though!)
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From: chrissawyer
2005-07-17 06:36 pm (UTC)
God, I remember when there were just orchards, and groves around that house. :o
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2005-07-17 07:08 pm (UTC)
You know how much I like Winchester House :)
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2005-07-17 07:27 pm (UTC)
I've never gotten around to taking a tour. Must visit one of these days.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-07-18 05:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely worthwhile. Particularly with your interest in engineering and architecture.
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[User Picture]From: coongt
2005-07-17 08:56 pm (UTC)
I see you took the Behind the Scenes tour!

Hehe.. I was a tour guide there for a few years :) I do miss the interaction with all the tourists.. however I don't miss the horrid sore throats I would get after a couple runs through the house.

Either way, cool pics! :) If theres anything further you're interested in knowing about the place, feel free to ask :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-07-18 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed. Seems like being a tour guide there would be a fun job.

I must admit, I'm fascinated by the place. It's a beautiful combination of maze and house which appeals to my rat side. :)

I'd definitely like to hear more about it from you but I won't make you type it all out here! Next time you see me you can regale me with tales.
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[User Picture]From: phar
2005-07-17 09:37 pm (UTC)
Even though I took the impossibly long tour when I was in San Jose earlier this year... none of the landmarks in your photographs look familiar. A true testiment to just how flippin' confusing and huge that place is!

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-07-18 05:29 pm (UTC)
True. The House has many facets and angles, so looking at the same part of it from another spot can make it seem completely different.
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