Winchester Mystery House - San Jose, California
The Winchester Mystery House is the work of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle Fortune. In the late 19th century, deeply saddened by the deaths of her husband and daughter, she visited a Boston medium who revealed to her that she was haunted by the spirits of all the Winchester rifle victims. The medium told her she must build a house and never cease building it, otherwise the spirits that killed her family would come after her, too. Round-the-clock construction of the mansion never ceased for 38 years - not even on weekends or holidays.
Approximately 25,000 gallons of paint were used to paint the 24,000 square foot mansion. It features 160 rooms, including
- 10,000 windows
- 2,000 doors
- 52 skylights
- 47 fireplaces
- 40 bedrooms
- 40 staircases
- 13 bathrooms
- 6 kitchens
- 3 elevators
- 2 basements
- 1 shower
Sarah Winchester was captivated by the number “13”. Her will had 13 parts and was signed 13 times. The 13th bathroom in the house has 13 windows and 13 stairs leading to it. Several windows have 13 panes and rooms have 13 ceiling panels. Several installations, mostly windows, feature a spiderweb pattern and some believe the pattern had a special meaning for her.
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The first time I held a human brain in Anatomy Lab I was completely speechless. I looked at my classmates expecting a similar reaction and they looked back at me confused like…”dude let’s start identifying the structures.” I had to take a step back and let it process…in my hands was someone’s entire life. From start to finish, every memory, every emotion, every bodily control…was right there in my hands.
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