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The sunny yellow paint, ornamental gables, and perfectly groomed hedges of the Winchester Mystery House seem the epitome of a prim and proper Victorian home. But a haunting story of mystery and intrigue lies within these walls. Not only did the eccentric owner, Sarah Winchester, forgo the help of architects and inspectors, choosing to design the home without a formal blueprint, but tradition holds that she deliberately incorporated a slew of baffling architectural features into the property in an effort to confuse evil spirits. Earning its nickname “The House Built by the Spirits,” the Winchester Mystery House is rife with doors that go nowhere, stairs that lead to the ceiling, and even columns installed upside down!
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