The Winchester Mystery House lives up to its name. The mansion itself was under construction for 38 years. Construction started in 1884 by widow Sarah L. Winchester. As legend has it the Winchesters thought the house was haunted by people killed by the Winchester rifles and that the continuous construction would appease them. Many believe that the mansion is indeed haunted.
There are an astonishing 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms and 2 ballrooms, one completed and one under construction. The house also has 47 fireplaces, 10,000 window panes, 17 chimneys (with evidence of two others), two basements and three elevators.
The cost to build the mansion was $5,500,000. This amazing house also includes approximately 467 doorways, 950 doors, 52 skylights, over 20,000 gallons of paint required to paint the home, and 2 ballrooms.
The Mansion's fascination with the number 13 is evident everywhere: bathroom number 13 has 13 windows, one of them looking into the bedroom next door, the kitchen sink sports 13 drain holes and Winchester even modified a 12-light gas chandelier to hold 13 lights.