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The secret life of hidden places : concealed rooms, clandestine passageways, and the curious minds that made them / Stefan Bachmann & April Genevieve Tucholke.

"A spellbinding tour, filled with stories and photographs, of some of the world's most fascinating architectural mysteries. This wondrous guide for the curious and the intrepid takes readers on a lushly photographed and lyrically written tour of eighteen of the world's most captivating architectural mysteries. Delve into both the secretive places themselves and the eccentric and obsessive minds that created them. Visit a chamber of skulls high in the Swiss Alps, a Japanese temple full of traps, a Parisian apartment locked and untouched since World War II, a Prohibition-era speakeasy in Washington, DC, and a spooky "initiation" well in Portugal built by a secret society. How far down can you climb before losing your nerve?

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  • ISBN: 9781523516988
  • ISBN: 1523516984
  • Physical Description: xi, 292 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Workman Publishing, [2023]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
The sunken manor (Nottinghamshire, England) -- The book thief of Mont Sainte-Odile (Barr, Alsace, France) -- A room like warm honey (Tsarskoye Selo, Russia) -- A city on an anthill (Puebla, Mexico) -- The oddly built temple (Kanazawa, Japan) -- Doll's eye view (Amsterdam, Netherlands) -- Alchemy, Frankenstein, and "evil scientist" laboratories (Various) -- The Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, California, USA) -- The initiation well, the Knights Templar, and the Freemasons (Sintra, Portugal) -- The gateway to hell (Paris, France) -- The weird history of labyrinths (Various) -- Marie-Antoinette's secret escape (Versailles, France) -- The Krazy Kat Klub speakeasy (Washington, DC, USA) -- The shocking things in Cupboard 55 (London, England) -- The bone chamber (Leuk, Switzerland) -- Saints below (The Vatican, Italy) -- The sleeping beauty apartment (Paris, France) -- King Tut's Tomb, treasure hunts, and our need to dig (Valley of the Kings, Egypt).
Subject: Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, Calif.)
Hiding places.
Architectural design > History.
Architecture, Domestic.
Curiosities and wonders.
Eccentrics and eccentricities.

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Clymer Library 910 BAC (Text) 32596000702422 New Books Checked Out 03/06/2024

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