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Carson Mansion

Carson Mansion
The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the premier examples of Queen Anne style … See more


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Sep 28, 2022
I'm not particularly fond of the color scheme, but it a beautifully made and kept up building. The views from the upper windows must be spectacular. I would love to do a tour. Full review by drew d
Jun 24, 2022
Absolutely stunning Victorian mansion right near the beach. The cupola can be seen from many vantage points in town and this is quite a handsome landmark. Full review by njgramps
Jun 21, 2022
Spent two days in Eureka and had to hike over to see this mansion. Beautiful place but you can’t go in. Full review by Katherine K


One Of America's Most Photographed Houses
One of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States, the William Carson Mansion epitomizes the range of possibilities for eclectic design expression that created a peculiarly American style of architecture. Derived from many sources, but unique enough to represent none predominately, this much discussed and debated property stands today in virtually the same condition as when first constructed. The designers, Samuel and Joseph Newsom, were well respected San Francisco architects who heartily embraced the concept of the "picturesque", a quality that continues to fascinate all who see the Carson Mansion's intricately composed interiors and exteriors. Prominently sited, the extensive grounds provide a substantial pedestal for this sculptured edifice. Eye-seeking and shadow-producing surfaces showcase the use of wood as a building material. This three-dimensional "pattern-book" took over one hundred men over two years to construct. Its influence on the design of subsequent buildings in Eureka is readily apparent even today. In addition to the abundant use of redwood, Mr. Carson imported 97,000 feet of primavera or "white mahogany" from Central America, along with other woods and onyx from the Philippines, East India, and Mexico. The elaborate interiors include stained glass, plasterwork, and carved ornaments in exotic woods. The Carson Mansion was owned by the descendents of William Carson until 1950, when it was sold to the Ingomar Club.

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