Monday, December 16, 2019

Norwood – The Kislak Mansion

Posted by Stu On July - 21 - 2006

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I’ve received several emails about this house over the past few years.  I’ve been forgetting for quite a while to make note of this here, but it was completely demolished a few years back.

All gone.  No more.  Please stop asking for directions.

Lots of pictures to load; go walk your dog.

A friend has known about this place for years, and she was nice enough to take me to see it. Not only is the house huge (with 4 floors including the basement), but there are 2 houses: the mansion itself and a carriage house.

Information about the house, along with a gallery of Liz’s photos, will be added at a later date. Liz is quite the historian on this place.

We first checked out the carriage house and the small shed not far from it. The ground floor wasn’t overly impressive. Someone has written silly things on the walls – your generic “Save me”, “Help me” drivel. Surprisingly there was no Satanic crap; I would find that in the main house.

The floor at the base of the stairs wasn’t very safe; half of it was rotted away, and the rest can’t hold any weight.
Good thing I’m nimble.


I was amazed at the size of the main house. I was told beforehand the house had a servant’s side. That would become evident once we entered. One half of the place was very spacious and extravagant – large rooms, fancy curved doorways, very nice main room, an elevator, etc. You wouldn’t believe how many drawers and closets there are….or the amount of bathrooms. I was wondering if the place was a bed & breakfast.
The other side of the house was quite plain – regular ol’ doorways, regular staircase, smaller rooms….

We poked around the first floor a bit, then headed down to the basement. After that we headed to the second floor and finally the attic.

There are rumors of a second basement. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but there is a section of the basement floor filled in with dirt, which no doubt started that story.
…oh, and there were mushrooms growing out of the floor and walls down there too.

After the basement romp, it was time to head up to the top 2 levels. We noticed ketchup on the railing of the grand staircase; someone had spread it there and on random spots of the floor throughout the house. Guess they were trying to make it look like blood. I will admit it looked good on the stairs.

The house has its own elevator. The elevator door has been taken off and is now propped up across from the grand staircase, as seen below.


Rounded doors & doorways.


Some rooms were nearly intact…


…and some weren’t.


…honestly, what good did this closet do?

The attic was the end of our expedition. At one point, birds were living in it. We found a large nest and lots of crap. Liz said there used to be a very large unhatched egg. We found it smashed.


A couple more outside pics and we were off.

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