Winchester House

525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, California

Photos 

EAST FRONT

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

This extraordinary structure is sui generis. Constructed over a period of 38 years because its owner, Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah L. Winchester believed she would live as long as construction continued, the house contains 160 rooms and covers six acres. The original portion purchased in 1884 contains 17 rooms. Some of the 40 stairways and 2,000 doors lead nowhere. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1974
Reference number
74000559
Architectural style
Victorian
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1884; 1922

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 28, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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