Once and Future

Similar photos of the same house. Around 1900, one or more of Mrs. Winchester's
workers began to take photos of the mansion.


Anonymous April said...

Thanks for posting these pictures. My sister and I share a fascination with the mansion; she has visited and I have not. Finding your blog allowed me to send her a birthday present I knew she'd enjoy.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the snaps, thanx!

Is the large dark area partially covered with vines (in the modern picture) where the gigantic multiple-flue pierced chimney (in the old photo) was removed? Does anybody know if the alteration was done by Mrs. Winchester, or why?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous leslie said...

i think the chimney was victim of the 1906 earthquake.

is the roof really purple now, or is it just a trick of the light?

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question about the missing chimney answered in this prior post. Sorry about the noise.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Hey guys, no the roof isn't purple now. The photo was somewhat overexposed, and it appears much worse in JPEG form.

Leslie, you're right. The chimney collapsed during the earthquake, and Mrs. Winchester never repaired it. I have a copy of a photo taken right after the quake, and it shows the half-collapsed chimney. I'll post it later this week.

10:44 AM  

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