PHOTO GALLERY: Aimee's Castle In Lake Elsinore

Aimee Semple McPherson's lavish life and tragic death have inspired countless rumors of paranormal activity, tunnels and catacombs in the mansion.

Built in 1929  at a cost of  $286,000, "Aimee's Castle" is a 14-room, 5,000-square-foot hilltop mansion that still graces Lake Elsinore. 

Situated off Lakeshore and Riverside drives, the famous dwelling was constructed for evangelist Aimee Semple McPhearson who lived at the opulent residence until 1939.

After her move, McPherson died in 1944 from an overdose of sleeping pills. Her lavish life and tragic death have inspired countless rumors of paranormal activity, tunnels and catacombs in the mansion.    

Thanks to local historians, the house remains in perfect condition.

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Diana July 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Contact the LE historical society they conduct tours all the time.
Smellavator February 04, 2013 at 11:48 PM
I grew up in high school and early 20's in Lake Elsinore and remember as a teenager hearing the rumors of ghost, etc. and friends and I would often just linger about this castle.. . Alot nicer now as it has been remodeled but even cooler back then when it was in a more dilapidated state.. .
Jamie Rubschlager February 20, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Does anyone happen to have pictures of the inside of the house?
Chris Elmhorst April 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM
SteamGatos June 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM
She got a good deal from a businessman who gave her the land, who hoped for further development of the area by wealthy celebrities. Thomas Lately, in "Storming Heaven" states it was worth $190,000. Biographer Matthew Avery Sutton says she got the land and build on it but gives no figures. Biographer Daniel Mark Epstein states in his book, she got it for free, both house and land. I cannot find mention of the higher figure except on some web sites, therefore it is unknown how much she actually paid, if anything, but in 1929 $286,000 is around 3-4 million today; $190,000 around 2.6 million in 2013 dollars. The higher figure is unlikely, because that is almost the same amount of raw cash she raised to build the 1923 Angelus Temple, the balance of which was paid for by donation labor, the building worth as much as $1.5 million or about 20 million in 2013 dollars. Located about an hour away from the Angeles Temple, she resided there as a retreat from the constant bombardment of publicity she was receiving. Prior to her 1926 kidnapping, McPherson dressed simply and was known as a "miracle woman" for the sheer numbers of alleged faith healings she participated in. No one has ever been credited by secular witnesses with anywhere near the numbers of faith healings attributed to McPherson. After 1926, the news media looked at every disturbance in her household as front-page banner news. Also she dyed and cut her hair and dressed stylishly which disturbed many in her ministry. The mansion allowed for a certain solace and when she was married to David Hutton, her third husband. For exercise, she swam 3.5 miles across Lake Elsinore, paced by him in a rowboat. It was a symbol of her wealth, but great works were yet ahead of her. McPherson's established Temple commissary fed and otherwise assisted as many as 1.5 million people a large number of these during the Great Depression. Critics decry her evolution to blonde opulence, but I'm trying to recall more individuals who wore sackcloth and ashes, lived in a hovel and influenced the rich and famous to donate to their extensive charities. In order to retire debt and lawsuits that the Angeles Temple was accruing because of poor fiscal management by lesser persons after an earlier falling out with Mildred Kennedy (her mother and astute financial manager), the property was sold in 1939.


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