Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in your very own private castle or maybe a seemingly endless tower that kisses the sky? You might think that these types of homes can only be found in the depths of your imagination – but many of them actually do exist! If you’re looking for a trip into the fantastic, quirky, or otherwise odd marvels of architecture, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Here are 7 of the most bizarre homes ever built in the U.S.!
The Winchester House
Perhaps the quintessence of mystery, the Winchester House is like no other and for good reason. The structure, which stands in San Jose, CA, was originally an eight-room farmhouse until Sarah Winchester, a widow and heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, began renovating it in 1886. The story goes that a psychic told her that her family passed away because of the angry spirits that were killed by Winchester rifles, and the only way to give the spirits a place to go was to continue adding rooms and wings to the home. Sarah created a sprawling 24,000-square-foot, 160-room mansion, complete with staircases to nowhere, until she died in 1922.
The Dr. Seuss House
Also known as Goose Creek Tower, this 12-story-tall private home is nestled north of Anchorage, Alaska near Talkeetna and is the tallest house in the entire state. Attorney Phillip Weidner began constructing this home, seemingly stacking cabins atop of cabins until it became a regular skyscraper. Why stop there, though? Federal air space begins at 200 feet – the home reaches 185 feet. From the top, which is still unfinished, you get a glorious, 360-degree view of Denali and the beginning of the Aleutian chain. Although the home was made without any blueprints, Weidner insists his “poem to the sky” is structurally sound.
George Stickney House
In our very own Illinois stands a building that once had absolutely no sharp corners – they were all rounded. That’s because former owners (and staunch spiritualists) George and Sylvia Stickney believed spirits could get caught in traditional corners. In order to make spirits more comfortable, the Stickneys rounded the corners in their two-story home. Located just east of Woodstock in the village of Bull Valley, the Stickney House was built in 1836. The entire second floor was once a ballroom, and the couple regularly invited guests for extravagant séances to speak with the dead.
Today, the building is home to the Bull Valley government and police force, and only the exterior corners remain rounded. The structure, however, is said to be haunted, and supernatural goings-on are rumored to have occurred there ever since the Stickneys vacated the home.
The Paper House
Visit Rockport, Massachusetts, and you can actually set foot inside a house made from paper – literally. Mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman, who designed machines to make paper clips, built the home in 1922. He began using newspaper primarily as insulation, then used it for the furniture, and then the walls, and… well, you get the idea. It’s even wired with electricity! Check out this interview with Stenman’s grand-niece for a more in-depth look on the house.
Mother Goose House
Have you ever just looked at a goose and thought, “I want a house that looks like that!”? George Stacy did in 1935. After his wife, Ollie, cooked a goose for Thanksgiving and laid its skeleton on a table near her husband, George came up with the idea, took the skeleton, and began crafting the house to scale. The roof features a large goose head, complete with egg-shaped windows and car lights that serve as the goose’s eyes. Head over to Hazard, Kentucky to see the Mother Goose House for yourself!
You might not have heard of Fallingwater, but you’ve probably heard of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed this home in 1935 to be used as a private weekend getaway for Edgar J. and Liliane Kaufmann, a prestigious couple from Pittsburgh. Located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, which is around 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, Fallingwater marries art with nature. Wright used natural materials to create the unique structure, which sits above a waterfall that naturally flows beneath the home. Today, the building, which the American Institute of Architects named “the best all-time work of American architecture,” is open to the public as a museum!
Have you heard the proverb “a man’s home is his castle”? Someone took that adage literally and created an actual 3,000-square-foot castle nestled in 20 acres of beautiful rain forest in Washington back in 1997. Visit Sedro Woolley, Washington and you could get a glimpse of this ornate, one-of-a-kind home. Although it only boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you can enjoy a magnificent great room, a modern kitchen, and a large billiards room. Besides, you get to enter your castle through your own private drawbridge, which sits atop a beautiful creek!
Maybe you don’t want to live in a home that attracts a line of gawking drivers, but you might want something with some personality and charm. The experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help you find the home of your dreams! Call us at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or start checking out our listings at masseyteam.realestate!