Photo courtesy of History San Jose
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The Winchester house before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Photo from History San JoséWinchester bought adjoining properties and began experimenting with higher structures, directing the addition of stories with completely different ornamentation inside and out. Extensions to the house regenerated at spots where a previous one had been severed. She didn’t work with a full set of architectural drawings, but rather sketched plans space by space, whim by whim. The crowning glory was a seven-story tower that soared over everything for miles around.