Image Archive: The Carson Mansion

The Carson Mansion // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

I’m so in love with this house, but not everyone has been so enamored during it’s history. in 1995 the North Coast Journal shared the thoughts of a few early visitors…

“A horrible misshapen mass,” according to an earlier visiting architect from San Francisco.

“A prop for a Silly Symphony,” another said.

“Not a work of art,” a third concluded, “but few works of art are as unforgettable. It seems so proud of being in grandiose bad taste. What a good time the sawyer must have had with this architectural calamity! Its many projections — turrets, cupolas, dormer windows, balconies, and bay windows and gables, its tower and profusion of roof lines and unnecessary overhangs.”

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