The Politics of the Winchester House

SF Weekly news blogger Matt Novak did some classic tourism, and came back with a bad taste in his mouth. Tastes like cordite. -d2

The House Guns Built

By Matt Novak

A ramshackle, 160-room mansion built by a nutty rifle manufacturer's heiress, beseiged by malls and parked cars on an manicured plot in San Jose, is officially termed an “attraction” by the Convention and VIsitors Bureau there, but is known properly and to millions of Californians as the “Winchester Mystery House.”

It's a messy maze of architectural curiosities and non sequitors–windows in the floor, stairs to the ceiling, doors to nowhere–you may have seen on …


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