Rose Red

Rose Red

Rose Red was built in 1906 by wealthy oilman John Rimbauer for his wife, Ellen. Tudor-Gothic style and situated on 40 acres of woodland in the heart of Seattle on the site of a Native American burial ground. Four construction workers were killed on the site.

The Rimbauers had two children, April and Adam. Eight-year-old April also disappeared in the house. John Rimbauer appeared to commit suicide by throwing himself from an upper window Ellen came to believe that if she continued to build and expand the house, she would never die. She used nearly all of her dead husband's fortune to continually add to the home over the next several decades, enlarging it significantly. The mysterious disappearances continued to occur.

Ellen Rimbauer herself disappeared in the house in 1950

Adam Rimbauer, who inherited the house, lived there for a short time with his wife. However, he abandoned Rose Red after witnessing several paranormal events. After his death, his wife generated some income by permitting the Seattle Historical Society to give tours of the house. These tours ceased in 1972, after a participant disappeared while on a tour of the mansion.

At least 23 people have either disappeared or died there

The Winchester Mystery House is a Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size and utter lack of any master building plan. After deaths of her daughter and husband, the "Boston Medium" told Winchester that she had to "build a home for yourself and for the spirits who have fallen from this terrible weapon, too. You must never stop building the house. If you continue building, you will live forever. But if you stop, then you will die." Funded by her husband’s fortune and under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, construction proceeded around the clock, without interruption, from 1884 until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased.

There are about 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms and two ballrooms, one completed and one unfinished.

The number thirteen and spider web motifs reappear around the house. An expensive imported chandelier that originally had 12 candle-holders was altered to accommodate 13 candles, wall clothes hooks are in multiples of 13, and a spider web-patterned stained glass window contains 13 colored stones. The sink's drain covers also have 13 holes. -Wikipedia

Description: Affectionately known as Rose Red, the Rimbauer Estate is a Tudor Gothic mansion painstakingly constructed between 1906 and 1909 on forty acres of land covered in cedar, spruce, elm and pine. Because of its eclectic style, it has an indiscernible number of rooms placed somewhere between a number of seventy to seventy five bedrooms. Secret doors link rooms to hallways stretching over the elegance and royal opulence of the whole edifice. The house has a sixty-foot long entry hall, a banquet hall, Grand Ball Room, on-site gymnasium, and in-door swimming pool. Other prominent locations in the mansion have been created with a flair for creativity and artistic license such as the Perspective Corridor, the Mirror Library and the Upside Down Hall. One floor at the bottom of the back stairs was designed so that anyone looking at it from above would sense the illusion of being a hundred stories up instead of just two or three. The Health Room is actually a green house attached to the kitchen. The library boasts 6,000 volumes and the study includes a suit of armor, a brown bear shot and killed in the Swiss Alps, a Bavarian pipe organ, Eastern carpets and a display of German mark smith pistols. Probably greater in size even to the Belasco House in Maine, the stone and brick facade is behind a wrought iron fence and a set of stone pillars holding up the Rimbauer crest. There is an island in the round driveway and statues from Italy decorate the estate. There are numerous windows and half a dozen chimneys.

- Locations - The United States - Seattle, Washington -