Lockwood Manor (S/F)

View of Lockwood Manor from the north

Lockwood Manor is a private estate including an English country house located in Humboldt County, California, about five miles south of the town of Orick. It is owned by the Lockwood family, being personally managed by Sir Benjamin Lockwood until his death in mid-2018. The mansion property was the site of several events in the history of de-extinction, notably the first-ever test fertilization of an artificial ovum, first-ever extraction of ancient DNA from amber, and the introduction of de-extinct animals to the North American mainland.


Lockwood Manor (also simply called the Lockwood estate) is named after the family that owns it.


Access to the estate is achieved through a private, unnumbered exit off U.S. Route 101 in Humboldt County, California, leading eastward from Redwood Highway. A narrow road leads to the mansion itself, which is situated on a hillside among coniferous forest. The town of Orick is roughly five miles north, placing the mansion near protected land such as Redwood National and State Parks, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and Dry Lagoon State Park. The manor’s lighthouse and harbor are located in Stone Lagoon, just to the west. Exact coordinates for the manor are 41°14’30.0″N, 124°04’24.4″W.

Full view of the estate; the harbor is visible to the north.

The estate grounds encompass a heavily forested hillside, with plant life including mostly coniferous trees and shrubs. There may be redwoods in the surrounding area. A narrow private road winds through the woodland from U.S. Route 101 to the estate itself, passing through a wrought-iron gate featuring the Lockwood family insignia and stylized lizards. A small but lively stream is beside the road for most of its length before taking a turn toward the east, passing beneath the road. Dirt-and-gravel areas around the mansion allow for vehicle access to the north-facing front door, the enormous garage and loading docks, or the access tunnel leading to the subbasement laboratory. Most of the woodland is left to grow wild, but a small manicured lawn surrounds the main front entrance, along with a line of conical topiary trees and a pair of abstract sculptures. A walking path progresses northward from the front lawn, including a footbridge over the private road and adjacent stream.

Lockwood lighthouse and harbor; the S.S. Arcadia can be seen being guided to the dock by two tugboats.

Another road leads from the gate to the private harbor area, which includes a large dock and staffed lighthouse. The dock is situated over a deep drop-off permitting huge cargo ships such as the S.S. Arcadia to access it; the lighthouse is on the opposite side of the waterway, on a hilly peninsula. The harbor dock has a residential building nearby which appears to be used as a harbormaster’s quarters along with several cargo cranes and small warehouses. At least two tugboats are stationed here for aiding large cargo ships in docking. The harbor is located to the north of the estate, and the beam from the Lockwood lighthouse is visible through the north-facing windows at night.

Loading dock (left) in relation to the manor

The main estate grounds have a loading dock, which is located slightly to the northwest apart from the rest of the ground-level house. This is a single-story building laid out on a north-to-south line and includes three docking bays capable of receiving large shipping crates. Each docking bay has an outwardly-lifting door and leads directly to a cargo elevator that descends into the subbasement of the house. An access tunnel provides vehicles a way to get to the subbasement directly, but the bulkhead doors within the subbasement are kept closed except for when necessary.

Lockwood Manor itself is a picturesque five-story English country house, its architecture clearly inspired by the Elizabethan and Tudor Revival styles with some Teutonic influences. It has four main floors, a smaller fifth upper floor, and two subbasement levels. It was built sometime before the 1980s, though its exact date of construction is unknown. The main entrance faces north and includes a curved stone staircase, each banister’s handrail terminating with a modestly-sized stone lion. Entering the mansion brings visitors first between this pair of feline guardians, then up a gentle right turn to the ornate mahogany doors. The door exteriors are decorated with black iron, including a pair of Florentine lion doorknockers and the Lockwood family insignia. Above the doors is a circular sun window, framed by a pair of lioness carvings; almost directly above them are another pair of lion statues, facing north, sitting on the inner corners of the building at the fourth floor. The driveway leading up to the front lawn as well as the entry staircase are lined by black, old-fashioned Victorian-style electric streetlamps. Most of the construction is sandstone, and the roof tiles are red-orange (their low durability suggests that they are clay, rather than concrete).

The main antechamber is located above ground level, with the ground level itself being the upper basement. Large windows permit much sunlight to enter the antechamber, illuminating the numerous pieces of classical artwork kept there by the home’s owner. Sir Benjamin Lockwood had commissioned a portrait of his former friend, John Hammond, which is among the portraits hung on the walls; this portrait was made sometime during the early 1990s before Lockwood left InGen and ended his friendship with Hammond. Other portraits include those of famous historical scientists or visionaries, including author Mary Shelley. A pair of columns line the entrance, each of which shelters Greek busts. Potted plants frame the doorway from the inside, near the windows. The floor near the doors is tiled in black and white, the tile pattern running diagonally to the walls, while the floor turns to varnished hardwood at the columns. From the antechamber, a wood staircase provides access to the second floor, while the southward hallway leads to the display room.

View of the display room from the upper southwest corner

Large double doors mark the display room entrance, made not from mahogany like the outer doors but a lighter wood such as fir. In the display room, a large raised glass sun roof lets in all the day’s light, as do windows on the second floor. Numerous fossil displays are situated around the room; upon entry from the antechamber, visitors will be greeted by a 23-foot Teratophoneus curriei on the left and a 22-foot Peloroplites cedrimontanus on the right, and facing them directly is the mounted skull of an exceptionally large Ajugaceratops. In the south end of the room, also facing north, are a 15-foot Kosmoceratops richardsoni located behind the Peloroplites and a 24-foot Edmontosaurus located behind the Teratophoneus. Behind the Ajugaceratops skull display is a 3D scale model of Sanctuary Island, which is a part of the Lockwood family estate. Next are a trio of smaller fossils: a five-foot-nine-inch Velociraptor mongoliensis on the left, a Protoceratops andrewsi on the right, and a five-foot Tyrannosaurus rex skull in the center. Beyond this, on the south wall of the display room, is an elevator with access to the second floor and down to subbasement level three. The east and west walls of the room have dioramas featuring murals and models of other dinosaurs. On the eastern wall, there is a mural of a Dracorex stealing eggs from a pack of Giganotosaurus, followed by a model of Concavenator, and then at the southern end a couple young Diplodocus with adults in the background. On the western wall, there is a diorama of a pack of Mononykus at the south end of the room, followed by a Dimetrodon, and then the only diorama featuring InGen variants of the animals: a Velociraptor and Dilophosaurus. All of the dioramas are separated from the main room by glass panels, but can be accessed via service corridors on the second floor; lighting controls for the room are also located here, to the north near the base of the access ladders. Around the margins of the room are displays featuring smaller fossils, including skulls of animals such as Herrerasaurus and Smilodon, fossilized eggs and claws, amber, geodes, and an ammonite. In the southern corners of the room are pairs of comfortable reading chairs, small table stands, and lamps. Behind these are hallways leading further into the manor, likely toward areas such as the kitchen, laundry facilities, and housekeeper Iris Carroll‘s room. These halls also have access to the maintenance corridors where the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems can be reached. A portrait of George Washington is hung in the eastern hallway.

Foundation office

The second floor of the display room is accessed via two iron spiral staircases, which are designed to evoke the double-helix structure of DNA molecules. On the upper level is a balcony spanning the north, east, and west walls and providing access to a respectable library with in-wall bookshelves all around. There are also storage closets on this floor, and some reading areas and small fossil displays are located up here. Windows let in natural light, and small lamps provide light to read by at night. On the second story is the study, which by 2018 had been converted into the office of Lockwood Foundation manager Eli Mills. This room features at least two desks, one of which was located near the east-facing windows and was used by Mills to conduct business; it had a desktop computer and an office chair on one side, while there were two swivel chairs on the opposite side for Mills’s guests. The other desk was situated in the middle of the room and was set up for conferences with chairs all around. It was the most advanced piece of technology in the room, featuring a cutting-edge touchscreen encompassing the desk’s entire flat surface. This was used to display data relevant to the Foundation’s (and Mills’s) endeavors during conferences. Throughout the room were numerous decorative items on shelves and bookcases, including a large wall-mounted antique world map. Comfortable chairs with throw pillows were present for Mills’s personal use. A fireplace and chimney are located on the south wall. Access to other rooms is to the north, with two doors leading to two separate hallways.

Courtyard at the south of the house

One of the east-west hallways on the north side of the building ends at a dumbwaiter door, the shaft for which also reaches all the other floors. Roof access to the sun roof and same-level areas is from the third floor, and a curved iron ladder provides a means to get to the top of the sun roof itself for cleaning and maintenance. A weathervane stands atop the southernmost end of the sun roof. Various peaks and edges of the rest of the roof are decorated with iron posts and other features.

Behind the display room is a courtyard, situated in between the eastern and western wings of the building. It has a mostly red brick floor, but the middle of the courtyard contains a square outline of larger gray stone blocks. Near the north wall are potted plants, and ivy grows up the wall. Outdoor light fixtures are similar to those out front. A staircase descends alongside the north wall, heading west, providing access to the basement. More potted plants line the wings of the mansion to the left and right of the courtyard, and entrances to the building are accessible on both sides.

View of the garage from inside the personnel elevator (the cage was an auction feature and would not normally be present)

The elevators are a more recent addition to the building, featuring more advanced security technology than most of the other installments. They were probably added to accommodate Sir Benjamin in getting around his home after he began using a wheelchair. The elevators are programmed to immediately open the doors if any damage to the controls is sustained, ensuring that people cannot get trapped inside. Accessing the elevators is restricted to manor staff and select guests, with a keypad at each set of doors. The code for subbasement access was 7337# as of June 2018; this was universal among all elevators, but a different code was probably used for the other floors since the subbasement was restricted-access. Of all the floors, only the fifth has no elevator access, as it consists of a single room and staircase landing. At least three elevators exist in the building; the one in the display room goes only to the second floor but can access the subbasements, while the one in the garage provides access to the subbasements and loading dock. Another must exist somewhere in the building to provide access to the third and fourth floors.

Subbasement, including levels -2 and -3

There are three lower floors, split between a ground-floor basement and an underground subbasement. The subbasement is further divided into two levels. The upper level is where the InGen laboratory facility, now a private lab, is located. Elevator doors open from the south, and a metal balcony with guardrails is used to traverse the upper level. The laboratory is located on the subbasement’s western side and is devoted to testing, experimentation, and equipment storage; it was built in the late 1970s or early 1980s, but was updated between 2015 and 2016 to bring it into the modern age. As of 2018 it featured advanced egg incubators, gene sequencers, centrifuges, amber samples, and all the other scientific materials necessary to perform genetic modification of de-extinct life forms.

Example of a service corridor in the garage

The lower subbasement level is fully devoted to animal containment, with numerous caged stalls on either side of a corridor. The stalls are divided by brick-and-mortar walls, newer and of less stable construction than the rest of the home. The stall’s cage doors are controlled via mechanical systems which can be activated from a control room located on the upper level, overlooking the stalls from the east, the side opposite the lab. These were restricted-access areas and required security clearance to enter. The access tunnel, which reaches the surface, has its bulkhead doors directly opposite the elevator (access tunnel heading north to the loading dock, elevator on the south wall). LED lights on either side of the bulkhead flash red when an emergency alert is triggered, and green when the bulkhead doors are opened during such an emergency. At the same side as the elevators, there is a T-intersection leading to the building’s maintenance corridors, from which service workers can access the heating, plumbing, electric, and ventilation systems. Cargo and personnel elevators in these hallways permits access to the garage. A cargo elevator system is in place to deliver cargoes directly from the loading dock at the ground level to the subbasement stalls without need for moving through unsecured parts of the building, and to move cargoes up to the garage. The north end terminates with an L-intersection, one brief wing of the subbasement heading to the west and ending with a single stall. The second level’s catwalk does not extend this far, ending at the intersection with a spiral staircase similar to those in the display room which permits access to the lowest level. The isolated stall at the end of the L was the only one used in the long term to house an animal; the prototype Indoraptor was held here until June 2018. Before the cage was installed, that area was used to access a dumbwaiter which also serviced the other floors of the building; once the cage was removed the dumbwaiter’s lowermost door was usable again.

On the fourth floor of the building, the smaller bedroom was used by Sir Benjamin during his final years; the larger master bedroom was given to his daughter, and later his granddaughter. At the time of his death, his bedroom was a simple affair, with the bed in the middle facing south directly toward the entrance and several stately pieces of furniture inside. The largest piece of furniture, other than the bed, was a table Lockwood used to display a small diorama of Jurassic Park, located near the west windows. Others included a couch, a few sets of drawers, a nightstand, and chairs with throw pillows. He also owned a chess set, a large geode, and a gold tripod telescope which faced a north window, allowing him to observe the night sky. A second door to the right of the entrance may lead to a closet, dressing room, or personal bathroom. In between these two doors is a dumbwaiter, which would be used to transfer clothing to and from the laundry facilities as well as transport other small loads. A fireplace and chimney are located on the east wall.

Fifth-floor bedroom

The larger bedroom, which belonged to Charlotte and then Maisie Lockwood, is located at the top of the stairs leading to the fifth floor and faces northward. This room occupies nearly the entire fifth floor, which is smaller than the underlying floors. It has a small outdoor balcony which is situated directly over the main entrance, overlooking the grounds of the estate. The balcony has glass doors and curtains, and is directly opposite the bedroom’s door. Just outside the bedroom door is a stained glass window filtering sunlight from the south into shades of blue, yellow, pink, red, and light green. Since this was used as a child’s bedroom, it was decorated appropriately with fanciful wallpaper featuring trees and butterflies, and there were numerous bookshelves and toyboxes throughout it. A large toy collection was used as decoration as much as for play, and as of 2018, there were several crayon drawings displayed as well as stickers on the door interior. The western window is stained glass, like the one outside the bedroom door. Though the bed was intended for a child, it was a large four-post and would have easily accommodated an adult. The exterior of the bedroom door is engraved with a hummingbird. There is artwork on the walls of the hallway outside, and a circular window on the west wall directly above a decorative set of drawers. On the hall’s eastern wall, above the staircase, there is another stained glass window, and a wooden banister separates the fifth floor from the stairs.

In the southeastern part of the house is the enormous underground garage, easily capable of fitting more than a dozen vehicles. Its ceiling is quite high, and the walls are colored a dramatic cobalt with harsh white lighting for contrast. In 2018, the garage was emptied and refurbished into an auction hall with a wide conveyor rail set up to shuttle auction lots in and out. This was connected to the cargo elevator system, the door to which is on the eastern side of the garage. A lighting system in place by the cargo elevator doors strongly resembles the lighting used at the 2015 Republican National Convention, but it is unknown if Mills installed these lights intentionally to mimic his political party of choice or if the lights had already existed and the resemblance was coincidental. Opposite the cargo elevator doors are the personnel elevator doors, which provide access to the subbasement and surface parallel the cargo elevator. On either side of the personnel elevator are staircases leading upward to access the loading dock; one can also access the loading dock using the cargo transport, but this is less visually appealing despite being a more direct route. Visitors, residents, and important staff would mainly use the stairs or elevator. Vehicles would be transported in and out from the garage via the cargo elevator for use or storage.

View of the roof from the north. At the left is the fifth-floor bedroom, while center is Sir Benjamin’s bedroom. The sun roof of the display room is visible between these two rooms.

Although several of the manor’s main rooms and areas are well-known, most of the building is still unknown. The presence of multiple chimneys on the roof suggest several more bedrooms than have been shown, and the numerous floors and windows mean that there are certainly more rooms in the building in general. Some facilities that must exist, such as laundry, bathrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms, have not been shown. The full extent of the artwork and artifacts housed in the mansion is equally mysterious.

During the incident of 2018, the Lockwood estate suffered damage to many of its features. The brick-and-mortar wall between animal stalls 12 and 13 was breached from the interior of stall 12 by a Stygimoloch, and damage to recently-installed technology in the garage occurred shortly thereafter. The lighting was also damaged. Not long after, the garage elevator’s controls were damaged, causing it to stall on the garage floor and its doors to automatically open. A hydrogen explosion in the laboratory, caused by gunfire damaging electrical equipment and a tank of liquid hydrogen, destroyed most of the laboratory and permanently damaged the HVAC system; electricity to many parts of the building was downed, but was restored after a few minutes. The explosion also caused a hydrogen cyanide leak due to shrapnel damaging another tank. In the display room, the spiral staircase and guardrail of the southeast corner was significantly damaged, and so was the northwestern diorama. Specifically, the glass was shattered from outside and the display pieces and light fixtures were dislodged. Irreparable damage was done to the Peloroplites fossil and several portraits were knocked from the walls in the antechamber. In Maisie Lockwood’s bedroom, the bed and several other pieces of furniture were damaged or destroyed and the items in the room were scattered or crushed. The glass doors to the balcony and two windows, the west-facing bedroom window and the south-facing one across from the bedroom door, were shattered. Damage was also done to the sun roof above the display room, including the glass and metal struts supporting it being broken and minor cosmetic damage to the weathervane’s base. With the glass of the sun roof shattered, rainwater was able to pour into the displays, probably damaging the wood floor and fossil displays.

Pre-1980s: Construction and early use

It is unknown when Lockwood Manor was first built, but it was probably around the same time that Sir Benjamin Lockwood came to the United States of America. He and his business partner Dr. John Hammond founded International Genetic Technologies in 1975, based in San Diego (later Palo Alto, then San Diego again), and the Lockwood family fortune certainly helped the company get its start. The estate grounds were hardly the only major asset Benjamin Lockwood owned, as the cargo vessel S.S. Arcadia and the uninhabited Sanctuary Island were also his. He moved his immediate family to the mansion; he was married at some point, and appears to have been close with either his own parents or his parents-in-law. It is unknown if they came to the United States too. In the early 1970s, the family grew by one: Sir Benjamin and the Lady Lockwood had a child named Charlotte, who lived at the manor. She was cared for not just by her family, but by the estate’s housekeeper Iris Carroll.

John Hammond had lofty ambitions for InGen; he believed that it should be possible to extract ancient DNA from amber samples millions of years older than most scientists suggested. InGen focused much of its available resources on accomplishing this seemingly impossible task, and the Lockwood mansion provided a place to do so. A laboratory was constructed in the subbasement where Hammond and Lockwood could set their scientists to work, and as the early 1980s came around, progress started to be made.

1982-1993: InGen research continues

In 1982, InGen leased a remote tropical island called Isla Sorna from the Costa Rican government as a secondary research facility. Site B, as it was called, would bolster InGen’s ability to perform clandestine research that the Lockwood laboratory was not large enough to support. When they ultimately did start breeding dinosaurs, secrecy and large space for animals to live would both be easier on Isla Sorna. In the meantime, research into genetic modification took place at the Lockwood estate, resulting in organisms that InGen could market for purposes such as agriculture or the pet trade. These were nothing too revolutionary, but served to fund the de-extinction project which was still hidden from the public and InGen’s rivals.

In 1983, Lockwood oversaw the beginning of construction on Jurassic Park, the InGen facility that would ultimately house their de-extinct creations. The Park was based in San Diego, not far from where InGen’s waterfront complex was located. Because of the construction, Lockwood was probably away from the manor for extended periods of time, but while the laboratory at Site B was being built, research would still have mainly taken place at the estate. In 1984, InGen conducted the first successful test fertilization of an artificial ovum at the Lockwood laboratory, and the following year they hired paleogeneticist Dr. Laura Sorkin to head de-extinction research. At the Lockwood lab, she demonstrated that gravid female mosquitoes preserved in Mesozoic amber could be viable sources of ancient DNA under the right conditions. InGen had its first dinosaurian genetic sample.

This success led to Hammond relocating Jurassic Park from San Diego to the island of Isla Nublar, also owned by Costa Rica, and it was added to the 99-year lease on the Muertes Archipelago after some upselling from the government. From this point onward, Lockwood would have spent less time at his estate and more time in Costa Rica as the Park began development a second time. Charlotte, who was now an early teenager, joined him in the Site B research facility. On Isla Sorna in 1986, InGen saw its first successful de-extinction: a Cretaceous dinosaur called Triceratops horridus, cloned thanks to genetic engineering techniques pioneered by Dr. Henry Wu. Two years later, construction on Jurassic Park could really get underway as the preliminary preparations and relocation of the indigenous people were complete. Dozens of animals were bred on Isla Sorna, and many of them were slated for exhibition in the Park once they were mature enough. Charlotte began living on the island, which became her home instead of the manor.

Lockwood believed that InGen’s technology could be used for more than de-extinction. The possibilities were unlimited, and he considered human cloning to be one of the most promising avenues for their research to take. On this, Hammond vehemently disagreed. Lockwood believed that human cloning (probably somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the process which creates embryonic stem cells for therapeutic and research purposes) would benefit science, medicine, and society, but Hammond considered it wholly unethical. This conflict embittered the two former friends toward each other and by 1993 Lockwood had left InGen altogether. Charlotte, unlike her father, stayed with InGen and remained living on Isla Sorna for the remainder of its operational years.

Not long after he left, InGen experienced financial difficulties, probably as a direct result of the Lockwood fortune no longer supporting them. This financial strain eventually led to their lead programmer Dennis Nedry accepting a bribe from InGen’s rival BioSyn to steal trade secrets. Nedry’s plot to do so led to the downfall of Jurassic Park, including the deaths of several staff members and the loss of years’ worth of research. BioSyn did not obtain their objective due to Nedry’s failure to survive his own sabotage, but Jurassic Park was too damaged to recover and InGen sunk further in its financial tailspin.

1993-2009: The world changes

Lockwood was not involved with InGen as it suffered, even in 1996 when an increasing number of lawsuits combined with Hammond’s sudden change toward environmentalism resulted in him being fired. Hammond’s nephew (and InGen’s Chairman of the Board) Peter Ludlow succeeded him as CEO. Charlotte had returned in 1995 when Isla Sorna was evacuated completely, now a young adult with experience in a real genetics lab. Like her father, she was interested in human cloning, and pursued a career as a biomedical geneticist. Her interest was likely encouraged by Sir Benjamin, who also loosely kept tabs on what was happening at InGen despite no longer being on speaking terms with anyone there.

He was surprised to learn in 1997 that InGen’s dinosaurs had survived; they were supposed to have died off when InGen stopped caring for them. Ludlow accidentally caused a Tyrannosaurus rex to be released into San Diego during an ill-fated attempt to revive the original Jurassic Park location, and the incident was partially caught on television; Hammond made a media appearance shortly afterward. In this interview, Hammond urged the United States and Costa Rican governments as well as the United Nations to leave Isla Sorna as a nature preserve. The ensuing months saw Hammond help the U.S. government pen the Gene Guard Act, which would in theory help protect the dinosaurs’ well-being. At the turn of the new year, Hammond passed away. Lockwood was touched by his former friend’s late-life change of heart and his efforts to protect the dinosaurs from exploitation, and began to recall Hammond’s memory more fondly. At some point, he had a portrait of Hammond hung in the manor’s antechamber.

InGen was in chaos, since Ludlow had died during the 1997 incident. The company was now up for grabs and so were its assets, including the dinosaurs. The primary bidders were Tatsuo Technology and Masrani Global Corporation, the latter of which was headed by Simon Masrani, a personal friend of Hammond’s. This younger man had been among the last people to see Hammond alive, and in 1998 won the bidding war for InGen. In 2002, Masrani announced that Jurassic Park would be returning from the dead, now rebranded as Jurassic World. By 2004, Isla Sorna had entered into a state of ecological disaster, and Masrani Global relocated the surviving animals to Isla Nublar; this conveniently allowed them to stock up for the new park.

While these events failed to keep Isla Sorna as the biological preserve Hammond had wanted, something did have to be done to save the animals from dying out there, so Lockwood understood the importance of Jurassic World in keeping the dinosaurs safe. It would also permit people to see and appreciate them, as Hammond had originally wanted, and generate revenue to further research the dinosaurs’ health and other needs. The park opened in the summer of 2005 to great success, and Lockwood became interested in getting involved with InGen again. By this time, he had established the Lockwood Foundation, a charitable organization which partnered with various scientific and philanthropic causes. The Lady Lockwood eventually passed away, leaving Sir Benjamin a widower.

During those years, Maisie studied human genetics and cloning. The practice of cloning humans, even for medical research, was explicitly illegal in the state of California, so she did not broadcast her research. Charlotte also wanted to have a child, and ultimately, these two desires came together when she attempted cloning herself. Reproductive cloning of humans had never been done, and human cloning was still in its infancy. To avoid legal consequences for her research, she kept it secret, probably performing it in the Lockwood laboratory. She had success and gave birth to a genetically-identical daughter, Maisie, in early 2008. Unfortunately, while this was all going on, Charlotte discovered that she suffered from a rare but unavoidably fatal genetic disorder; no treatment existed, and she would probably not live much longer. Maisie, being genetically identical, would also live a short life. Charlotte devoted all her efforts into finding a cure, determining that the only way to beat the disease was to genetically modify every one of the body’s cells. She used a viral vector vaccine of her own design, an advanced form of treatment superior to those produced by other scientists, and was able to create an effective cure. Unfortunately, she did not have enough time or resources to make more vaccines. Using the only treatment she had managed to make, she cured Maisie on February 2, 2009. By then, she herself was showing symptoms, and died not long after. Maisie was left in the care of Sir Benjamin and Iris Carroll.

Both of them were terribly distraught at the loss of Charlotte, but her research had been beyond either of them to help with, so there was nothing they could have done. Instead, they put their best effort into raising Maisie in the way they believed her mother would have wanted. Her existence was illegal, but there was more: since her genetic disorder had been cured by such novel methods, her DNA was incredibly valuable to medical science. The family needed to protect her. Lockwood and Carroll were the only ones to know the truth, and they concocted a story about Charlotte dying in a car crash in the summer of 2008 along with her supposed husband (who likely never existed). For those who did know that Maisie was a clone, the cover was that Lockwood had turned to InGen’s technology out of grief and cloned Charlotte himself. Protecting Maisie meant hiding Charlotte’s medical discovery from the world, at least for now, and it also meant hiding the truth from Maisie herself (she had no knowledge that she was a clone). Carroll took over the duties of a mother, and Lockwood hired private tutors for his granddaughter and paid them well for their silence.

2009-2015: Eli Mills and the Lockwood Foundation

Sometime around the early 2010s, Lockwood hired an idealistic young financier named Eli Mills shortly after Mills graduated college. As he aged, Sir Benjamin needed someone to manage the Lockwood Foundation and prepare it for the inevitable day when he would no longer be around. Not only this, Carroll was aging too, and Maisie would need an adult to protect her from the world. Lockwood hoped that Mills would prove a worthy successor; if he did, Lockwood could will all of his assets to Mills and trust that Mills would informally bequeath them to Maisie. As an illegal human clone, Maisie could not inherit anything directly.

Mills became the financial manager of the Lockwood Foundation and was involved with fundraisers, partnerships, and other business ventures. Among the dearest of these to Lockwood himself was establishing a relationship with Jurassic World, which was one of the first major tasks Mills was involved with. By coordinating with Claire Dearing, the Operations Manager at Jurassic World, this partnership was formed; the Lockwood Foundation supported Jurassic World, allowing Lockwood to help the animals he had a hand in creating so many years ago. The scientific and educational aims of the park were important to Lockwood and this partnership gave him the means to be a part of the process again. Mills earned Lockwood’s trust, becoming his executor of estate. Eventually Lockwood became disabled as he grew older; he began to use a wheelchair, and elevators were installed in the house to help him get around.

It is unclear whether Lockwood was aware of Mills financially supporting Dr. Wu’s research into the artificial creation of species through genetic hybridization. In the early 2010s, Wu was approached by Vic Hoskins, the head of InGen Security Division, with a proposition to use these scientific techniques to create biological weapons which could be marketed to the U.S. Armed Forces. Wu, agreeing with Hoskins that the park’s financial troubles were greater than the Board and Simon Masrani made them out to be, accepted the offer. The project was bankrolled by Mills using money from the Lockwood Foundation, which Mills believed was the best way to add to the family fortune. Now that he was likely set to inherit it, any money generated by the Foundation was effectively his once Lockwood passed away. Mills remained in Lockwood’s good graces, but privately was in conflict with his employer: he had learned about Maisie being a clone, and was aghast that Lockwood could have performed such an act. He did not make these feelings openly known, keeping it to himself.

Dr. Wu succeeded in creating the Indominus rex, his second attempt at a hybrid animal, in 2012. The animal quickly grew to a large size on Isla Nublar and in late 2014 was revealed to a limited audience. The general public learned only that there was a new theropod attraction coming to the park soon. Still, ticket sales spiked, as Masrani had predicted, and new investors became interested. On the other hand, Hoskins was dissatisfied. While the animal was powerful and intelligent, like the animals it was engineered from, it was unpredictable and lacked social behavior. It was an efficient weapon, but not one that would follow orders. Hoskins believed that a smaller and more manageable creature would be a better fit for their aims, and Wu considered increasing the proportion of Velociraptor DNA to encourage social behavior traits. During the same timeframe, Hoskins had been overseeing InGen’s I.B.R.I.S. project, which sought to better understand the raptors’ cognition; the lead trainer Owen Grady had so far achieved some semblance of success. If the raptors could follow instructions, perhaps a modified animal with their type of cognition could as well.

Wu began work on a miniaturized Indominus, but his work was cut short. On December 22, 2015, the Indominus was accidentally let out of containment by a series of management and maintenance errors and began attacking park staff and animal assets. Hoskins was determined to use the incident as a means to demonstrate the military applications of both the hybrid creature and I.B.R.I.S. specimens, restricting the InGen Security response to the crisis. This exacerbated the problem, and Hoskins’s cross-testing plan ultimately failed spectacularly with the deaths of all but one raptor, numerous employees (including Simon Masrani), the Indominus, and finally Hoskins himself. It also caused scores of injuries to tourists, generating a media storm of bad press. Jurassic World would never reopen. Masrani Global experienced its worst financial crisis as investors bailed en masse, and Henry Wu became wanted by the U.S. government for bioethical misconduct when Dearing exposed him as the person responsible for weaponizing genetic science. Wu was evacuated during the incident and taken to the Lockwood estate, where Mills sheltered him from the law.

2016-2018: Secrets at the manor

The United States government continued to investigate Wu throughout 2016, but Mills kept him well hidden. This was not an act of generosity, though: Wu still had a job to do, and with Hoskins’s nationalism no longer defining the terms of their deal, Mills’s potential customer base grew enormously. Mills began refurbishing the Lockwood laboratory to accommodate for Wu’s research. Unfortunately, they had no specimens; the government raided Wu’s lab facilities in 2016 and confiscated virtually all of his genetic samples and supplies. All that was left was what Hoskins’s men had managed to send on the helicopter off Isla Nublar. In order to continue his research, Wu needed his data.

Six months after Jurassic World closed, scrutiny around Isla Nublar had died down enough to permit an excursion. Mills assembled a team of mercenaries, who Wu personally accompanied to the island in June to retrieve what he needed. It was not an easy expedition, and it suffered heavy losses; Wu’s research laptop, which included all his data on genetic hybridization, was destroyed during the mission. Still, a sample of Indominus bone was collected, and this held essentially all the data Wu needed in the form of DNA. Shortly after his return from the island, the last vestige of InGen Security’s I.B.R.I.S. project ended, terminating any involvement Wu had with InGen for good.

With the bone sample, Wu resumed work on his project. Mills imported a nebulous team of security personnel and geneticists, all of whom were skilled at what they did and good at keeping their mouths shut, to assist Wu. He followed through with the plans he had made with Hoskins: the Indominus was as smart as they needed, but it was too independent, and too large. Engineering a smaller animal was a good start, but Wu also hoped to bring out the hybrid’s Velociraptor traits to make it more conducive to social behaviors. Hopefully, the result would be trainable.

Maisie Lockwood (left) was primarily raised by Iris Carroll (center) and her grandfather Sir Benjamin Lockwood (facing away, right).

Work was no easier for Mills, who needed to keep the operation secret from not only the world but the rest of Lockwood Manor’s residents. Maisie was growing older, and with that came the energy and inquisitiveness of childhood. Carroll was ever watchful too, and the threat of her learning about the classified project going on beneath the manor was inescapable. Fortunately for Mills, Carroll’s attention was spread thin between caring for Maisie and tending to Lockwood’s health. He had fallen ill, requiring daily medicines and constant medical care. Lockwood knew he was in the twilight stages of his life, and now his main concern was leaving a good world for Maisie to inherit. The Lockwood Foundation could see to this; along with aiding Wu, Mills would still have had philanthropic Foundation businesses to attend to.

By early 2018, Wu had come up with results. He called his new animal Indoraptor, and had bred a prototype. Unfortunately, it was still not perfect. Wu insisted to Mills that he needed more genomic data on Velociraptor in order to improve his creation, and again Mills assembled a mercenary team to go to Isla Nublar. They were sent to the NMS Genetics Center in February 2018. This time, secrecy was easier to maintain: the island had become volcanically active, with Mount Sibo beginning to erupt for the first time in hundreds of years. At the beginning of 2018, the Costa Rican government had withdrawn all monitoring equipment, leaving only a small United Nations force guarding the remote island. It was easy for Mills’s team to slip past them, but less so for them to run the gauntlet of predatory dinosaurs nesting in the NMS Center. Nevertheless, Wu got his data, in part thanks to the fact that Lockwood had never disconnected the manor laboratory from InGen’s network. Genetic samples from the most promising I.B.R.I.S. raptor, the one called Blue, was also retrieved for him; the Indoraptor prototype showed no signs of empathy, but Blue had, so Wu hoped that this psychological trait was coded into her genes. Swapping the prototype’s alleles was hypothesized to be a potential solution to its behavioral problems.

Although the prototype had no reliable applications, it still made a useful specimen for study. Wu had his staff condition the prototype to respond to a visual and acoustic stimulus: a laser sight instructed it to select a target, and at the sound of a high-pitched buzz, it would kill. The prototype only performed this one trick, but performed it perfectly. Aside from this, it grew to hate its handlers, and the feeling was mutual. Wu’s staff would often abuse the caged creature, and it longed to sink its teeth and claws into them in return.

With Mills’s patience and funds wearing thin, Wu proposed a third venture to Isla Nublar, this time to bring back a live specimen rather than just biological samples and data. Genetically altering the next generation of Indoraptors was a good step, but genetics was only part of the equation. For Wu’s plan to really work, he believed they would need a maternal figure to teach them empathy and loyalty. Blue was the only viable candidate.

Doing so would be easier than expected thanks to Lockwood. With volcanic activity increasing throughout the previous winter and spring, the dinosaurs’ welfare had become a hot political issue. Organizations such as the Dinosaur Protection Group, founded by Claire Dearing, lobbied for a government-authorized rescue mission. The government, however, had taken a hard turn to the political right after the 2016 presidential election, and was largely opposed to such a mission; similarly, Masrani Global claimed that a lack of resources made a rescue mission impossible and that they had no such obligation anyway. Lockwood had anticipated this and planned for an illegal operation to relocate the dinosaurs to Sanctuary Island using the S.S. Arcadia. If all went well, it would be pulled off without the authorities noticing, and once the dinosaurs were on remote private property it would be more trouble than it was worth to do anything about it.

Subbasement being prepared for animal storage

Here, Mills saw opportunity. He arranged for a mercenary crew to utilize the Arcadia, with the trophy hunter Ken Wheatley leading the ground team. Capturing Blue for Wu’s research was only one aspect of the mission, and Mills himself did not fully understand why this specific raptor was important, but he promised Wheatley a hefty bonus if he returned the dinosaur alive. Along with her, Wheatley was to oversee the roundup of as many animals as possible, with specific target species in mind: Mills had gotten in contact with a black-market auctioneer, Gunnar Eversoll, who could set up a clandestine auction at the estate on June 24. This was two days after the United States Congress was scheduled to announce their policy on Isla Nublar, with both Mills and Lockwood anticipating no action being taken. Isla Nublar’s dinosaurs would be sold to the highest bidder, adding significantly to the Lockwood fortune that Mills would soon inherit and funding Wu’s research for a few more years. The Arcadia and her mercenary crew departed from the Lockwood harbor that summer.

2018-present: Auction incident and aftermath
Subbasement control room

While many of the dinosaurs were easy enough to locate, the raptor Blue proved a challenge for Wheatley and his men. Mills had a solution for this, and it was another one that Lockwood could help him with. He had not spoken with Claire Dearing in some years, but she was still in touch with Lockwood, and they shared a desire to rescue the dinosaurs. When the government announced its non-action policy on June 22 as predicted, Lockwood contacted Dearing immediately and summoned her to the manor. Here he and Mills explained her part in the mission: since she had been Operations Manager at the park, as well as Senior Asset Manager, her handprint could be used to access the park’s RFID tracking system and instantly locate Blue. While they discussed this, Maisie listened in, and Dearing became possibly the first outsider to see Maisie; she was told by Mills that this was Lockwood’s granddaughter, the same story Maisie herself was told. Mills convinced Dearing to recruit Blue’s former handler, Owen Grady, to aid in securing her. Dearing reluctantly agreed, but Grady initially refused the offer.

Dearing and two of her DPG leaders, systems analyst Franklin Webb and paleoveterinarian Zia Rodriguez, departed from a private airfield the following morning; Grady had a change of heart and joined them. Mills stayed in radio contact with Wheatley throughout the mission, monitoring Isla Nublar’s status via computer. Magnetic interference from the volcano had made it difficult to keep accurate tabs on the island, but he could learn enough from what still worked. In the early afternoon of June 23, he learned that Blue had been captured, but that she was in critical condition after being shot; Dearing, Webb, and Grady were left on the island to die, while Rodriguez was being kept prisoner under threat of death because her skills could potentially save Blue. This was far from an ideal situation, and Mills was under intense stress not only to keep the mission on track but to keep it secret. Maisie was fully aware of the rescue mission and checked in on Mills to see how it was going, and he lashed out at her in frustration. He tried to apologize and reassure her that everything was fine, but she could tell he was lying and became suspicious that something was wrong. Part of Mills’s erratic behavior was due to the volcano: Wheatley’s message and the island monitoring systems indicated that it was experiencing a violent eruption. The Arcadia barely made it away in time.

Eversoll arrived that afternoon, frustrated that the dinosaurs had yet to arrive. He nearly cancelled the auction; Mills had to show him their progress on the Indoraptor to convince him to stay interested. This made Eversoll the first outsider to learn about the Indoraptor. Maisie had spied on Mills since his strange outburst, and overheard him talking about the auction with Eversoll as the two men headed for the subbasement laboratory; she watched Mills key in the security code for basement access, in case she needed to spy on him further. That night, she attempted to warn Lockwood about Mills’s treachery. Lockwood appeared not to believe her, sending her to bed and telling her she must have misheard something, but he did take her warning seriously. He had Carroll search the manor for evidence that Maisie was right, and Carroll wasted no time in finding out the truth. Mills’s web of lies began to unravel.

In the morning of June 24, unaware that her grandfather was investigating, Maisie sought out more evidence. She accessed the subbasement, entering the laboratory and finding incubating eggs, DNA samples in a centrifuge, and a video log from I.B.R.I.S. showing Owen Grady raising Blue and her sisters. Her investigation was interrupted by the arrival of Mills and Wu, who were arguing about the speed of Wu’s progress and the importance of Blue. To hide from being discovered, she sheltered in a dark corner of the subbasement, unknowingly placing herself near the prototype’s cage. When she realized the creature was there, she screamed and fled, running into Mills. Now exposed, she was locked in her bedroom with Carroll instructed not to let her out. It was then that Mills discovered Lockwood had learned of his actions.

He did not go to see Lockwood immediately, instead waiting until the auction was underway and could not be stopped. The dinosaurs arrived that evening, and were shipped from the Lockwood harbor to the estate’s loading dock near the manor. Animals were forced from their transport crates into cages in the cargo elevator system, which brought them into the stalls of the subbasement. Mills and Lockwood had their confrontation now; Lockwood rebuked Mills and instructed him to turn himself in to the authorities. Though he had tried to avoid getting his hands dirty, Mills was now backed into a corner, and murdered Lockwood by smothering.

Along with the animals, Dearing and her allies had reached the manor. She, Grady, and Webb had survived the eruption by stowing away on the Arcadia but were apprehended by Wheatley as they tried to infiltrate the auction. Webb was the only one not caught, since he had been mistaken for one of Mills’s employees and conscripted into service. Rodriguez was brought to the lab and forced to work for Wu. Dearing and Grady were locked stall 13 of the subbasement, and while Mills initially tried to apologize to Dearing, she refused to hear him; he instead tried to break her spirit by establishing feelings of guilt in her and Grady for enabling his plans to succeed. Mills believed that he could convince the public that both of them had died on Isla Nublar, and left them to their fate in the stall. Wheatley appears to have suggested murder as a solution, having attempted it already, while Mills seems to have been content to let his prisoners starve.

Black market auction at the Lockwood garage (6/24/2018)

Auction guests arrived that night, and as they did, Maisie managed to escape her room by clambering over the mansion’s roof to her grandfather’s bedroom. She meant to warn him of the growing danger, but found him already dead. She had little time to mourn, only to take the family photo album she had never been allowed to view and hide in the dumbwaiter as Mills arrived to discover his deceased employer. He summoned Carroll, dismissing her from service despite her protests. This left Maisie alone, and she fled to the basement. Mills returned to the garage as the auction began, and the first lot (an Ankylosaurus) sold for ten million dollars. Subsequent lots sold for increasingly higher amounts as the bidders’ excitement heated up. Each sold lot was transported back out via the cargo elevator and placed in a truck to be shipped to the buyer’s property, be it American or international.

In the meantime, Dearing and Grady staged their own escape by provoking a Stygimoloch in stall 12 into ramming the brick wall and their own stall’s cage door. They encountered Maisie, who had reached the subbasement via the dumbwaiter. She was initially reluctant to trust them, since she had seen Dearing working with Mills before, but recognized Grady from the I.B.R.I.S. video and decided that these adults meant well. Together, they navigated the mansion’s service corridors and observed the auction. Maisie had only been able to access the subbasement dumbwaiter because the prototype’s cage had been lifted out, and now they saw why; at the halfway point of the auction, Eversoll introduced the prototype as a teaser, to whet the appetites of the buyers for future auctions. Dearing and Grady spotted Wu in attendance, and realized that the Indoraptor was another of his intelligent biological weapons. The hybrid animal’s training was demonstrated to the stunned guests; Grady decided that it could never be allowed to leave its cage, let alone the estate, and set off to stop the auction. Despite Wu’s insistence that the prototype could not be sold, bidders were eagerly offering high amounts for it, and Mills authorized Eversoll to allow bidding. Wu, infuriated, suggested that Mills was allowing this technology to fall into the hands of people who could replicate it; he stormed off to his lab.

Grady lured the Stygimoloch into the elevator opposite the cargo lift, bringing the dinosaur into the crowd as a distraction. Mills’s security guards tried to shoot the dinosaur as it panicked the guests, and Grady began a one-man assault through the chaos. Thanks to his distraction and the havoc caused as the guests fled the garage, Grady was able to overpower several guards one at a time and stop the Indoraptor‘s cage from leaving the building. Mills witnessed Grady fleeing the scene and took a pair of security guards into the maintenance corridors to sweep for him and Dearing. Meanwhlie, most of the guests fled; the exception was Eversoll, who remained cowering behind his podium in a traumatized state long after things had fallen quiet. Wheatley witnessed the guests and the Stygimoloch fleeing and knew that something had gone wrong, entering the garage to find Mills and demand that he still be paid his bonus for Blue. While there, he discovered the Indoraptor and attempted to tranquilize it so that he could take a tooth as a trophy; however, he did not know the proper dose, and the animal feigned unconsciousness to lure Wheatley to his death. Eversoll finally gained enough of his composure to flee and hide in the elevator, where three guests were already sheltering. One of the guests witnessed Wheatley being eaten alive and screamed in terror, alerting the prototype to their presence; it left its cage, which Wheatley had unlocked, and killed all four people in the elevator.

Mills found his quarry in short order, discovering that they had taken custody of Maisie. He revealed her nature as a clone, hoping that this would discourage them from taking her in, but they did not change their minds. Before he could take more drastic measures, the Indoraptor ambushed and killed his armed guards. Mills fled, the others taking a different route. While the Indoraptor made its way to the mansion proper, Mills began evacuating the building. Wu, who did not appear fully aware of what exactly had gone wrong, began moving some of his most valuable specimens for safekeeping; the Indominus bone sample was sent with Mills. He instructed Rodriguez to help him take blood samples from Blue, but was assaulted by Webb, who sedated him and freed Rodriguez. Together, they released Blue, who attacked the two remaining guards while Wu was evacuated. In the process, gunfire damaged some of the electronic systems and a hydrogen tank, causing a massive gas explosion which destroyed the lab. Shrapnel punctured a tank of hydrogen cyanide gas, which began leaking into the lab. The blast shut down the HVAC and electricity to the building, plunging them into near-darkness.

Dearing, Grady, and Maisie had nearly made it to the manor’s antechamber and the exit when the Indoraptor, which had been eating a guard in the display room, found them. They attempted to hide by shutting off the display case lights and sneaking through there to the antechamber, but in the subbasement, Webb restarted the building’s power in an effort to get the HVAC system working and inadvertently exposed his allies in the display room. The Indoraptor had already been tracking them using its acute sense of hearing and quickly attacked, wounding Dearing; Maisie fled to a dumbwaiter and hid in her room. Grady followed her, arming himself. Meanwhile, Blue was tracking Grady by scent through the mansion. Dearing was the last to follow, her injury slowing her down, but she equipped herself with the modified gun used to give the Indoraptor commands.

The prototype found Maisie in her bedroom, and was attacked by Grady before it could harm her, but it shrugged off its wounds and closed in on Grady. Blue joined the fight, and while the dinosaurs tore at one another, Grady and Maisie made their escape out to the roof. The prototype soon was in pursuit again, having been pushed out a window by Blue. It cornered them on the sun roof above the display room, which Grady had hoped was too fragile to support the creature’s bulk, but it was careful enough to make its way across. Dearing caught up, using the modified gun to command the prototype to pounce at Grady; the plan was for him to dodge the attack and for the Indoraptor to land heavily on the glass and fall through. While the plan nearly worked, the prototype managed to catch the metal supports of the sun roof and pull itself back up. Fortunately, Blue caught up with her enemy at this point, ambushing it from the side. Their combined weight broke the metal supports and both fell into the display room, landing directly on the Ajugaceratops skull display. Blue’s small frame helped her avoid harm, but the larger Indoraptor sustained fatal wounds and finally expired.

Dearing and Grady reunited with Rodriguez and Webb, and with Maisie they all assembled in the control room across from the laboratory. The hydrogen cyanide was on the verge of precipitating at that temperature and therefore was sinking rather than rising, and within minutes the dinosaurs would be poisoned to death if not released. Dearing initially planned to let them free, opening the cage doors, but hesitated before opening the bulkhead of the access tunnel; this would mean relinquishing control for good, and the results would be unpredictable. She made the difficult decision to let the dinosaurs die. Maisie, however, disagreed and opened the bulkhead herself. The dinosaurs, now able to escape the cramped subbasement and the fatal gas, hastily left through the new opening.

Outside the loading dock, Mills was prepping for departure with two more of his guards when the freed but frightened animals stampeded out of the access tunnel. Upon seeing their former captors, the animals were aggressive; one of Mills’s guards was killed by a Pteranodon, while the other was run down by a Triceratops and crushed to death. Mills himself survived the initial stampede by hiding under a vehicle, but was killed by a Tyrannosaurus which was among the last dinosaurs to leave the tunnel. The Indominus bone sample was crushed during the attack.

At the manor’s main entrance, Grady and the others met Blue, and Grady attempted to get Blue to return to captivity. She refused his offer, choosing a life in the wild with all the risks that freedom entailed. Grady let her go, and was comforted by Maisie. Following the incident, he and Dearing took Maisie and fled north to shelter from the law. Rodriguez and Webb also departed, leaving the manor abandoned for the first time in decades.

It is currently unknown what the manor’s current state is. Severe damage was done to some of its infrastructure and internal systems; the HVAC was unrecoverable, for example, which was why the hydrogen cyanide could not be vented out of the subbasement. The damage to the sun roof let rainwater into the display room, potentially damaging the fossils; the Indoraptor carcass was not removed by anyone involved with the incident, leaving it to be found by whoever came to investigate next. Lockwood’s body, similarly, was not removed by the DPG or its allies nor by Mills’s personnel and was probably found by investigators after Carroll reported his death. Since Mills died, Maisie’s existence was not officially recognized until after the incident, and Lockwood had no other descendants, the manor and the rest of Lockwood’s estate have most likely been inherited by his closest living relatives.

Cultural Significance

While they were displaced throughout history, the Yurok people once inhabited the area where Orick is now. As of such, Lockwood Manor is built on occupied Yurok land.

Lockwood Manor is private property and cannot be accessed by most people, and was the site of highly secretive research for many decades. This included legal but clandestine corporate work during the 1980s and 1990s, as well as illicit work performed during the later 2010s. Few people know about the Lockwood mansion’s significance to the history of de-extinction prior to 2018, but it was the site where the first artificial ovum was successfully fertilized, and where the first-ever ancient DNA was extracted from Mesozoic amber. From the early 1990s until late 2015, though, the mansion was chiefly the home of the Lockwood family, which by the 2010s consisted only of the aging Sir Benjamin, his daughter and later his granddaughter, and their housekeeper Iris Carroll. The manager of the Lockwood Foundation and Sir Benjamin’s executor of estate, Eli Mills, also appears to have lived there. Lockwood Manor was the site at which the first reproductive human cloning was performed, which has been illegal in the state of California since 1997. This took place between late 2008 and early 2009.

Numerous pieces of art and fossil displays were held at the estate, and as they were privately owned, these were never seen by the general public. They included impressive and often very rare pieces, including extremely rare full-body fossils of animals including Teratophoneus and Peloroplites.

Between 2015 and 2018, the Lockwood laboratory was updated with new cutting-edge scientific technologies. Sadly, they were all destroyed in 2018 by a hydrogen explosion.

Genetic research resumed there after the 2015 incident which closed Jurassic World, after which point Mills sheltered the disgraced InGen geneticist Henry Wu from the authorities. Wu aided with continued I.B.R.I.S. research that was ongoing in South America until June 2016, when that project ended permanently, and performed groundbreaking work on his hybridization projects between 2016 and 2018. This resulted in the creation of the Indoraptor, the first hybrid animal to be produced using Wu’s techniques in the United States. In 2018, the need for funding to create a new generation of Indoraptors led to Mills and Wu holding a black-market auction of the world’s last genetically engineered dinosaurs, which was a major turning point not only for de-extinction but for animal rights. This incident ended with several animals and DNA samples being sold to criminals on the international black market as well as the release of the remaining animals from the subbasement into the Pacific Northwest. The incident was reported on first by MSNBC the following morning while local, state, and national authorities looked into the aftermath.

Animals sold at auction include, but are not limited to:

The prototype Indoraptor was sold, but never left the manor grounds due to interference. A case of DNA samples belonging to numerous species was also sold to the same buyer as the Baryonyx. Most of the lots are not currently known, nor are their buyers or current locations.

Ecological Significance

While the mansion and its surrounding features would have required the clearing of coniferous forest for their construction, it appears to have been the intent of the Lockwood family to leave nature as intact as possible. The area is heavily forested, with the only artificial plant life being the lawn and topiary trees near the mansion. A stream flows alongside the road which leads to the mansion’s front entrance.

Vehicle access to the area is limited, so the region is usually quiet and undisturbed. The most regularly disturbed area is probably the harbor to the north, which has a pair of tugboats utilized for helping larger cargo ships in docking. As of 2018, the only cargo ship known to use the harbor was the S.S. Arcadia, but its enormous size would have ensured it generated a lot of underwater noise. Additionally, the lighthouse creates light pollution at night.

Due to the 2018 incident, numerous de-extinct animal species were released into the woodland near the estate grounds. Most seem to have spread to wild areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and nearby regions of North America, but some have probably lingered on estate property. Animals released from the mansion in 2018 are confirmed to include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Many of these species were among the last of their kind. The prototype Indoraptor was technically released, but never left the mansion proper and died within less than an hour of its release.

Behind the Scenes

Exterior scenes for Lockwood Manor were shot at Cragside Manor. The mansion was scanned for use as reference when building exterior sets and CGI models. Interior scenes were shot on sound stages at Pinewood Studios. Since the mansion used as reference was located in Northumberland, England, many fans speculated that the manor scenes in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were going to take place in England. However, there is no same-day oceanic shipping route leading from Pacific Costa Rican waters to the British Isles. During pre-production, any ideas to place Lockwood Manor in England were negated by Steven Spielberg pointing out the difficulty of the Arcadia passing through the Panama Canal with its massive illegal cargo, and that extending the shipping sequence would slow the movie down too much.