I’d seen signs for the Winchester House on the drive to San Francisco many times. This time I stopped.
- 160 rooms
- 47 fireplaces
- 10,000 panes of glass
- 950 doors
- 600 remodeling phases
Wow ! I’ve worked on some long remodels before, but Mrs. Winchester takes the cake !
Sarah married William Wirt Winchester, the heir and President of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. There was serious money in guns! After their baby daughter died of a rare disease, Mr. Winchester died of TB. In search of the reasons for all the bad luck in her life, Sarah sought out a psychic. Told that the bad luck was due to all the angry souls of the dead from the Winchester guns, the solution was to move west and build a house and never stop building so that the ghosts could never take residence ! What a story ! Well, she believed it and spent the next 38 years building.
Luckily, the death of her husband left her well off.
- She inherited $20 million in 1866 !
- Owned half the stock in the company giving her $1,000 a day income – today that equals about $30,000
- She spent $5.5 million fixing up the house – today about $ 75m
The house was 7 stories before the 1906 earthquake – now its 4 stories and she closed off a whole side of the house that had been damaged and left it. Continue reading “Winchester House – 38 year long remodel !”