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Carson Mansion, Eureka, California | by Ken Lund
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Carson Mansion, Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne Style architecture, the home is "considered the most grand Victorian home in America." It is one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps, in the United States. Originally the home of one of Northern California's first major lumber barons, since 1950 it has been a private club, The home and grounds are not open to the public.


The mansion is a mix of every major style of Victorian Architecture, including but not limited to: Eastlake, Italianate, Queen Anne (primary), and Stick. One nationally known architectural historian described the home as "a baronial castle in Redwood..." and stated further that "The illusion of grandeur in the house is heightened by the play on scale, the use of fanciful detail and the handling of mass as separate volumes, topped by a lively roofscape." The style of the mansion has been described as "eclectic" and "peculiarily American." Unlike most other homes dating from the period, this property has always been maintained, and is in nearly the same condition as when it was built.

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Taken on August 17, 2006