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Guns, ghosts and guilt: Helen Mirren portrays the widow ... California Journal Guns, ghosts and guilt: Helen Mirren portrays the widow whose Winchester Mystery House defies logic

Guns, ghosts and guilt: Helen Mirren portrays the widow whose Winchester Mystery House defies logic It’s not mysterious but it is a little strange to be sitting across from Helen Mirren in the notsogrand “grand ballroom” of the Winchester Mystery House a famously rambling and chaotic Victorian architectural marvel that is the antithesis of the sleek Silicon Valley aesthetic that has grown up around it Guns Of Winchester Mirren is about to wrap shooting on “Winchester” an Australianmade feature film in which she portrays Sarah Winchester heir to the magnificent rifle fortune Most of the filming was done in Melbourne but the crew is here for some critical exterior shots Winchester spent decades creating this extraordinary mansion which upon her death in 1922 became one of California’s first roadside attractions The stories surrounding Winchester’s construction compulsion are as entertaining as they are contrived A famous Boston spiritualist told her to keep building to placate the tormented spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles Or the sound of hammers could never stop lest she would die Or she was an architect manqué whose construction oddities like the “staircase to nowhere” were simply the result of a lack of formal training The definitive truth will probably never be known as there is little record of her endeavor besides a scattering of letters at Stanford University and San Jose’s historical archives Only two photographs of her exist one as a chubbycheeked young woman in her 20s the other as a stern widow in black Victorian garb sitting in a horsedrawn carriage in front of her mansion Every once in awhile a distant relative shows up but none has been able to produce family photographs or other memorabilia that might help answer the enduring questions about Winchester’s motivations “There are many understandings of her” said Mirren who visited the house for the first time last week “Was she a Rosicrucian Was she a straightdowntheline Christian Was she haunted Was she crazy” This film directed by Australian identical twins Michael and Peter Spierig who were hovering in the house like animated spirits takes a decidedly supernatural tack undoubtedly the most entertaining version of Winchester’s unusual life Mirren’s costar Jason Clarke plays an invented character Eric Price a psychiatrist sent to the mansion by the Winchester Rifle Co to declare Winchester insane in order to wrest back control of the company “Eric thinks there is a compulsiveness a disorder and tries to get to the cause of that” Clarke said “It’s a cycle you continually build and are paying the check with the very thing you are trying to run away from which is the cause of your grief ” Likewise said Mirren who likes shooting guns for target practice or the movies but does not understand the American fixation with weapons “If you have made a fortune out of death you have to pay the price a psychological price and a spiritual price And I can only imagine that people who make fortunes to this day from selling armaments have pause at some point especially if they are Christians ‘Am I going to pay’” Sarah Lockwood Pardee was born in 1840 and married into the Winchester family at age 22 In 1866 her fatherinlaw Oliver Winchester founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Co in New Haven Conn which manufactured “the rifle that won the West ” The same year Oliver founded the company that would make his family rich Sarah gave birth to her only child a daughter who died at six weeks When Sarah’s husband William died in 1881 she inherited 50 of the rifle company about 20 million at that point and moved west to be closer to her own family First she landed in San Francisco but the fog and cold aggravated her rheumatoid arthritis so she bought 161 acres in the sunny Santa Clara Valley an agricultural area filled with plum and apricot and walnut orchards In 1884 she began construction on an eightroom farmhouse She and her late husband had supervised the construction of a large home in New Haven said Winchester Mystery House historian Janan Boehme who has worked at the house for most of the last 40 years “I think Sarah was trying to repeat that experience by doing something they both loved ” Architecturally Boehme said the Winchester house is not particularly important “It’s a pretty average Queen Anne revival” she said “But it’s a really important part of our history It’s a gem in our valley and often when people come to visit they say ‘Wow I had no idea it was so nice ’” Eventually at a cost of about 5 million the house grew to 160 rooms in 24000 square feet Then in 1906 the great earthquake hit toppling the seventhstory tower and buckling the top three floors Winchester who had a habit of sleeping in different rooms was trapped in a bedroom for a time before her staff could find her Afterward she sealed off the entire front of the house and left much of it in cosmetic disrepair Guns Of Winchester The quake will be depicted in the film which will be released in February As will séances in the “witch’s cap” a round turret at the front of the house which may or may not have taken place “It definitely got weirder over the years” Boehme said “After 1906 she herself said in a letter ‘This house looks like it was built by a crazy person ’ So many things got boarded up and were unfinished and unrepaired ” Today the house has a meticulously restored exterior and gardens The interior however is a mishmash of original or restored decor Some rooms were never finished and some still have earthquake damage Boehme is skeptical about the tales of ghosts spirits and ghouls Winchester was reclusive Boehme believes because her hands were gnarled by arthritis and her teeth were so bad she required dentures Nor does she believe it likely that Winchester suffered from gundriven guilt “People didn’t have the massive guilt complex over guns that they have now” she said “They were a useful tool something that people needed ” Boehme says based on her own reading that Winchester kept building because she had a large staff tons of money and wanted to keep her workers gainfully employed She was a philanthropist having built a hospital in New Haven to treat and research tuberculosis which killed her husband It still exists as Yale New Haven Hospital’s Winchester Chest Clinic “She had a social conscience and she did try to give back” said Boehme whose greatuncle worked for Winchester as an orchardist “This house in itself was her biggest social work of all ” I toured the home with film producer Tim McGahan and Winchester marketing director Tim O’Day Our guide Nicole Calande said an apparition named Clyde often appears near the old coal chute in the basement where we stood A committed antispiritualist I had to suppress a giggle In any case the real mystery about the house these days is who owns it and how much money it generates each year Boehme said the home sold for about 150000 in 1922 the year Winchester died and opened soon thereafter to tourists The same family that bought it then owns it now she said and does not wish to be named nor to disclose the number of visitors who pass through each year shelling out about 40 per visit The Santa Clara County assessor’s office has assessed the sixacre property in the heart of San Jose at a mere 1 15 million My sleuthing turned up three people who are principals of two companies that own the place but no one returned my call “They think it’s nobody’s business” Boehme said Perhaps if I hold a séance they will make themselves known More columns For more on politics CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION CAPTION robin abcarianlatimes com Twitter AbcarianLAT ALSO An aggravating anniversary for Simi Valley where a notguilty verdict sparked the 92 L A riots Deadheads arent the only ones wholl enjoy this Long Strange Trip More from Robin Abcarian