|The grand façade of the Winchester Mystery House hides some quirky interior architecture.|
|Replica of the Winchester family tombstone.|
Mrs. Winchester lived in the home for 38 years, until her death at the ripe old age of 82, and built continuously. Her favorite number was 13, which is reflected throughout the home, where you will find rooms with 13 windows or 13 ceiling panels, or sinks with 13 drain holes, all built by her team of 13 carpenters. Another recurring theme in the home is daisies, her favorite flower, believed to be her favorite because the perfect daisy has 13 petals. Daisies, along with another of her favorite design features, spider webs, can be seen in multiple Tiffany stained-glass windows throughout the property.
While the house has many things of beauty, including intricate inlayed wood floors and detailed carved moldings, most of it was built with no rhyme or reason. There are staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that open into walls, and windows without a view. There is an incredible cavernous ballroom, built with dowels and pegs rather than nails to provide the best acoustics, and yet probably never heard a note played, as Mrs. Winchester never had guests. In a particularly ornate hallway there is a large Tiffany stained-glass window, designed by the president of Tiffany himself and which cost a small fortune, but it is hung in a wall that never sees sunlight, completely losing the prismatic effect which it was intended to display.
|Some of the beautiful detail of the outside of the Winchester Mystery House.|
|Tasting the local wines and beers at Winchester Mystery House.|