Friday, August 12, 2011

Historic Paper House, just north of Boston

In 1922, Ellis Stenman, a Swedish immigrant, started building a two-room summer cottage almost entirely out of newspaper.

The house, began as a hobby, has a wood, floors and roof, the walls however, consists of 215 layers of newspaper. Stenman mixed up his own glue, basically out of flour, water and "a little sticky stuff like apple peels."

The furniture and curtains are also made from newspaper. Stenman, a mechanical engineer, painstakingly wrapped paper around wire to form chairs, desks, lamps and curtains.

In all, it is said he used about 100,000 newspapers. Visitors can pause to read the walls and find historic headlines from the 20s and 30s.

Paper House
Address: 52 Pigeon Hill St., Rockport – Pigeon Cove, MA
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. –5 p.m., spring through fall.
Admission: $2 adults, $1 children, 6-14
Phone: (978) 546-2629

Photos of Paper House exterior and the (mostly) newspaper fireplace by Mister Bisson

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