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  1. Two things: 1) You mention a "love story." Sarah Winchester lost the love of her life - along with her infant daughter - several years before she began construction. 2) The "Spiderweb Window" is part of a tryptic (the other two not shown here). It's called a Palladian Window - named after the Italian Renaissance architect Andera Palladio. (Brunelleschi is thought to have actually invented it.) I've read Palladio's work... but that's beside the point. It's a visually satisfying shape. This image is from a Georgian building. Mrs. Winchester's Palladian windows appear everywhere throughout the House. Here are some examples: The following image is one of only about 7 photographs of the house taken during her lifetime, and one of only about five taken before the earthquake. It shows the 7-story tower (subject of a previous post), along with an earlier version of the front gable, and the now-removed inscriptions on the front gate piers. Notice the Palladian window in the center of the image - this feature no longer exists. Zooming closer, we notice something very interesting, to say the least. It is my personal belief that this is the Spiderweb Window. Why it was placed back into storage after the earthquake is a mystery to me... but notice the two sidelites. Here is the window in its complete condition: Unfortunately, one of the sidelites has been carelessly turned upside-down - so, we'll never know which way they were meant to face. (It is also highly probable that the central window has been turned inside-out.)
  2. Here is a new introduction I wrote to my pamphlet on Sarah Winchester: A NOTE TO THE READER There is an old saying that most people will accept a likely lie to an unlikely truth. In response to this, I offer the following adage: When a theory seems sufficiently improbable, no amount of evidence will sway the public’s opinion. Such is the case of Sarah Winchester. In the creation of this pamphlet, I feel the need to begin by thanking all those who have taken it upon themselves to challenge the “haunted house” literature – the story which has been cemented into our collective mind by a deliberate and egregiously clever marketing scheme. However, there does exist – at least in my mind – a substantial gap between the rejection of the myth and the realization of what I and many others believe to be Sarah’s true motives. Let me explain. When I first heard about Mrs. Winchester, in the third grade, I was quick to accept the folklore that has become synonymous with her name. My 8-year-old brain was desperately confused. I loved “spooky” stories, and I ate the legend up. I drew the house from every angle, fascinated with its bizarre design – in particular, its 7-story appearance before the 1906 earthquake. At some point, I began to realize how inaccurate the folklore was. The more I thought, the more I began to suspect that something was missing from the age-old story. But without context, I had no idea what this suspicion entailed – or how it would lead me to discover a theory which, despite its seemingly improbable nature, has moved me to write this very article. Before I state this theory, I offer one final note to the reader: Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines conspiracy theory as, “a theory asserting that a secret of great importance is being kept from the public.” The term conspiracy theorist is used frequently and without restraint, in various contexts, and is generally regarded as a disrespectful epithet. Many, after hearing what I have to say, would condemn me as one. However, I hold true to my beliefs, and will happily testify to their accuracy. M. W. H.
  3. ALSO NOTICE the Masonic Floor! The room is built in such a shape that two 3:4:5 triangles can fit perfectly onto its floor surface - like a Blue Lodge Room.
  4. That's all very fine and good - and in fact, I think you're on to something genius - but perhaps the CENTER GEOMETRIES would align better if the windows were placed at the correct distance apart? Here's a picture of the whole room. Take into account the foreshortening of the perspective. The room was constructed, like Solomon's Temple, entirely without nails. The ceiling coffers and wall panels are held together with square wooden pegs. I like to think the shelves were designed for holding the complete works of Shakespeare/Bacon, but, judging from other Aesthetic Movement rooms of the period, I think it's safer to assume that they held vases/displays of some sort. Wagner (Who I'd die to get on the Forums) has some interesting things to share about the ceiling, with regard to the windows.
  5. I suppose I prefer phone only because we can quickly bounce ideas back and forth... But I respect your wishes. The real reason I haven't been that active on the forums by and large is that I hate having to type out every thought I have.
  6. Do you have time to call - or are you phone shy? (The latter is ok.)
  7. GeoGebra I have not seen before... but I like the fact that it's easy to manipulate - unlike Desmos, which requires you to actually do the math and input the equations to create geometries. Chymical Manor, my future estate (many long hours in the making) will make use of HUNDREDS of triangles. This program will be a lifesaver!
  8. Notice the Vesicas. Act 4, scene 5 of Troilus and Cressida, and Act 5, scene 5 of Richard II. 45 = Shakespeare 55 = Hiram Abiff. Notice the mirrors which reflect light and knowledge, and the literal "spears" or "staffs" beating the Serpent of Ignorance. I like to think that Mrs. Winchester is inviting us to "unclasp" her puzzle. There are six POINTS in the first window and five in the second. RIchard Allen Wagner tells us that they are really triangles - triangles that point upward towards the intricate coffered ceiling of the room. But that's for another day...
  9. Give me some time to write a more detailed response. I often look at posts but am too exhausted after reading all the replies to share my own thoughts. This, however, made my week!
  10. If I could give this topic a hundred WOWs, I would. If I could give it 1618 WOWs, I would be ETERNALLY happy!!!
  11. Thanks - I will! I'm actually not 18 until August.
  12. I published a book before my 18th birthday! What else is there to say? Amazon.com: The Life of Arti Usher: 9798329022612: Haines, M. Warwickshire: Books
  13. Happy Birthday, Rob!!! It's been amazing getting to know you over the past few years! You're a genius - no one can deny that, even if they challenge your beliefs! I wish I could devote more time to the forums, but as you will soon see, I've been INSANELY busy. Tomorrow, I have a remarkably exciting piece of news to share with you all - perhaps the most exciting news of my life! (Those of you who've known me a while will no doubt guess what that news is.)
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