Thursday Doors-Upside Down House

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This house is located in Lee Vining, California. I discovered it in April this year while in the area camping.

The house may be upside down, but the door isn’t.

The sign in front of the house reads,

Upside Down House

Created by Nellie Bly O’Bryan (1893-1984)

A remarkable resident of the Mono Basin, Nellie Bly O’Bryan built this famous tourist attraction in 1956.  It was inspired by a children’s tale, “Upside Down Land” ( a story), which Nellie recalled after seeing a tipped-over miner’s cabin.  It was originally located along Hwy 395 south of the Mono Inn. After her death, the house fell into disrepair until it was moved here in 2000.

Years before coming to Mono County in 1939, Nellie became Hollywood’s first female projectionist and appeared in several of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.

The information on the right of the photo of Nellie reads, “Nellie as the masseuse in “A woman of Paris 1923“.

Souvenir cards and more information about Nellie Bly O’Bryan are inside the museum.

She sounds like a very interesting woman doesn’t she?! The museum was closed at the time I was there. I don’t know if the door to the house is ever open, but I’ll check when there again.

This post is part of Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors Click on the link and be taken to his blog where you’ll see all the entrees for this week’s Thursday Doors.

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58 thoughts on “Thursday Doors-Upside Down House

  1. So when you visit, do you have to go in walking on your hands to be right-side-up in an upside down house???? Reminds me of how I used to hang over the edge of one of our chairs in the living room and imagine what it would be like if the ceiling were the floor. You’d have to step over a big “wall” at the top of each door to get to the next room and there would have been lamps protruding from the floor. Just think about this in your own home and things will never look the same. 🙂

  2. Interesting post Deborah, some of us like to return to our childhood worlds and recreate the past, but it is very different when we are older and the magic of childhood is often lost. Nellie sounds like a person who likes to live her dreams and deals with her stuff by seeking adventure and new experiences so that she keeps the wonder of her childhood alive. These people have interesting lives and learn to grow and make the most of it as they are happy and creative in their uniqueness, as I am.

  3. It was a different world back then! How men and women were viewed ,etd. But some things, like art stay the same through time, and this upside down house is part of it – a great find, Deborah!

    1. Thanks, Gordon! When you’re going if you want to know where to find it lemme know I’ll give you directions. There’s other cool stuff over there too. 😄

      Bodie Nights starts this week-end!

  4. To accord with your subject, you could have put the photograph of the plaque upside down. You’d still have the rightside-up text afterwards so people wouldn’t have to strain to read the upside-down writing.

  5. Such a great find!
    Nellie was interesting – Great door and more

    Also – that Paris massage parlor photo might have bee risqué at the time ?

  6. She indeed was an interesting woman! Being a projectionist was not an easy ordeal. One had to be licensed becasuse of the handling of the very flamable nitrate film, and 35mm film was cranked by handpower, so one had to have a steady, and I presume a well trained, hand. And that was only one of her skills! I hope you will find the door open when you come again to make another of these very fine pictures Deborah!

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