Of Mythical Gods and Light Fixtures

Janan Boehme

If you’ve ever wandered the corridors of Sarah Winchester’s San Jose home, you may have seen this gentleman glaring at you from the wall of a small but elegant second-story foyer.

Often referred to as Zephyrus (the West Wind), he is more likely Boreas, the North Wind of Greek mythology, often described as a temperamental god with a great deal of flowing white hair and whiskers.

Instead of blowing his icy winds through Sarah’s winding corridors, his job in her house was to support a decorative gas light fixture, complete with glass shade. We hope some day soon to restore this beautiful fixture and wire it for electricity, so that Boreas may once again light the way for baffled wanderers in Sarah Winchester’s maze-like home.