The Strangest House in Each State
What does the quirkiest abode in your home state look like?
Alabama: AnchorLight Bed and Breakfast
The AnchorLight in Crane Hill, Alabama on the shores of Smith Lake is quite the attraction because of its 53-foot lighthouse. The good news, there are two rooms inside the lighthouse for guests to stay and catch a great glimpse of the lake.
Alaska: Goose Creek Tower
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Alaskan attorney Phillip Weidner started building cabins on top of cabins until the structure reached 185 feet tall. He stopped short of 200 feet because that is when federal airspace begins. Weidner says he can see 300 miles out from the top of the structure, which is still a work in progress. He says he has built Goose Creek Tower without any blueprints but rather from his mind and small notations. This might be the tallest house in Alaska but do you know what the biggest house in Alaska looks like?
Arkansas: Quigley’s Castle
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The story of Quigley’s Castle in Arkansas goes back more than 100 years when Elise Fiovanti started collecting rocks as a kid. When she married Albert Quigley he promised her a house. He built her one she designed with lumber from the property and she decorated the exterior walls with the rocks she’d collected as a kid. She also created bottle trees around the property for a unique look.
Arizona: Cat Crazy
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Just make sure it doesn’t turn into a giant litter box. Believe it or not, this place was listed for $240,000 in an unincorporated Concho, Arizona. Not looking to spend that much money? Plan your vacation around the cheapest months to travel to each of the 50 states.
California: The Winchester Mystery House
With the word mystery in its name, the Winchester House has a good reason for its reputation. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, continued construction on this house after her husband and infant child had passed with the purpose of creating a mystery. A psychic had told her that her family died because the spirits of the people who died by Winchester rifles were angry; by continuing to add rooms and wings to her home, she could give these spirits a place to go. Sarah believed that the confusing passageways that turned on themselves and staircases that led nowhere would confuse and trap the evil spirits.
Colorado: The Sculptured House
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It appeared in Woody Allen’s film Sleeper but don’t sleep on this home on Genesee Mountain, southwest of the Denver suburbs. Architect Charles Deaton designed the home and construction started in 1963 but Deaton never finished it. It wasn’t until 2003 that the house got completed under new owner John Huggins, who bought it in 1999. The home, which has no flat walls, Deaton railed against boxy design and probably disliked the six most popular architectural styles in the United States. The Sculptured House is on the National Register of Historic Places. Deaton later went on to design Arrowhead Stadium where the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs play and Kauffman Stadium next to it where the Royals play MLB. Both are considered two premier stadium venues and both are two of the longest-standing stadiums.
Connecticut: Art House
When this house went on the market it drew varied responses from corners of the internet. Artist Nikolay Synkov designed the house as an experimental art studio. Synkov was largely influenced by abstract Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. Synkov completed intricate wood carving on the exterior and themed each room. He also included poetry for each room, you can find the whole explanation here, it’s pretty interesting. Another group of artists designed unique sneakers to represent all 50 states.
Delaware: Futuro House
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The Futuro House, designed by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect, back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Fewer than 100 are thought to have been built and there are 80 remaining units. Seventeen Futuros have been demolished but those that remain span the globe. They were made with fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic and designed as a ski chalet. It stood 14 feet tall and had a diameter of 26 feet. Eight people could fit inside.
Florida: The Dune House, Atlantic Beach
William Morgan, a modernist architect, designed the duplex in the ’70s and it quickly caught the attention of many. It even led to Playboy using the duplex built into a sand dune in an issue. There are no right angles with the house and a nautilus shell inspired the interior design. Each duplex is 750 square feet with lofted bedrooms and closets built into the wood-paneled walls.
Georgia: Guitar House
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Country music performer Elvis Carden has got a house that can hit all the right notes. Carden has spent the better part of two decades designing and building a guitar-shaped house. He’s named his record company Guitar House Records, has a backing band named Guitar House Band and titled an album Living in an old Guitar. It’s been in and off the market through the years and while it’s priceless to some, it can’t compete with the most expensive home in Georgia.