Stairways to Nowhere and Spirits Abound at Winchester

If Sarah Winchester had lived in Orange County instead of San Jose, the Irvine Company would probably have tried to evict her. With her quirky sensibilities and 38 years of non-stop construction on her house, the 160-room mansion had, at its peak, more eccentricity on its first of seven floors than Irvine has in its entirety today.
A stairway that leads to a ceiling, a cabinet that is only half-an-inch deep, a window overlooking an elevator shaft, an obsession with the number 13 and the mysterious inscription on the ballroom’s stained glass window