These tragic losses help to explain the instability of Sarah's mental state while designing her new home. The design called for things such as upside down columnns in an attempt to confuse the spirits. The house was completed in 1886 and was a massive accomplishment. Originally it was seven stories tall but after an earthquake in 1906 but only stories remain after that natural disaster. It now has approximately 160 rooms. Those rooms include: 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 2 basements and 3 elevators. With the devastation that she encountered coupled with the $20,000,000 that she had, it is easy to see how such a home was created.
Sarah Winchester died on September 5, 1922. Today the home is owned by Winchester Investment LLC and is open to the public for tours.