Tuesday, November 28, 2023


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

URL: www.paperhouserockport.com

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

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Cranehttp://www.RVWheelLife.com
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel Life.com. She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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Jim and Sandie (@guest_60767)
12 years ago

That is just way too cool. Would love to visit that one.

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