Monday

Hanging Paper

Inside, the foreman's house is in a state of disrepair. It is no longer safe for visitors,
as it has begun to slide from its foundation.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Allison said...

Why do they not repair the damaged buildings? Forgive me for not having done the research, but who owns the Winchester House now? Do they not have the money for upkeep of the buildings?

7:52 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Hi Allison, this is a great question. Some of the damage to the mansion was the result of the 1906 earthquake, and Mrs. Winchester decided not to repair it. For historical reasons, this damage will not be repaired.

The rest of the damage is the result of neglect. The house was not well taken care of during the first few decades it was open to the public. However, since the 1980's a full time restoration project has been going on. A crew of carpenters and painters work on the mansion year-round, but its a big house and properly repairing it is a slow process.

I have a lot of criticisms that I could make of the current management, but they really do value the house and work constantly to protect and repair it.

8:46 PM  

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