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See The House Built out of Newspapers Only in 1922 & It Still Stands

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I have been trying to wrap my head around why someone would build a house out of only newspapers. Was it an attempt to save money (afterall this house was built during an era known as the great depression). Was it a love for creativity or was this gentleman a DIY (Do It Yourself) faithful who enjoyed making things with his hands. The glue that Mr Elis F. Stenman  used in putting them together was home made. The amazing thing about this house is that it’s still standing. Many tourists have visited it and were amazed at the level of detail paced inside this abode.

What people do know is that the construction of the house started like any other. Timber frames were erected, and then the roof was added, followed by shingle roofs. But when it came to the walls, Stenman was struck with a genius idea: to use layers upon layer of newspaper for the walls. The paper wall was coated with varnish, so from afar, Stenman’s house looks like an ordinary log cabin.

The walls are not the only thing made of newspaper in the house. Everything inside is built from glued layers of newspaper and magazine pages. The tables, chairs, bookshelves, and even the clock and curtains inside the house are made of newspaper. There’s also a newspaper-covered piano. The house has a fireplace, but it is made of bricks. All in all, it was estimated that Stenman used more than 100,000 newspapers to build the house.

The piano is not made of, but covered in, paper

The piano is not made of, but covered in, paper

A desk made with Lindbergh headlines

A desk made with Lindbergh headlines

bedroom

paper house

Paper house inside

Some of the newspaper house layers are starting to peel off, which is understandable for a 90 plus year-old house made of newspapers. But even the exposed pages have become an attraction as visitors like to read them and get a glimpse of history.

The Stenmans in front of their brick and paper fireplace

The Stenmans in front of their brick and paper fireplace

The fireplace actually works and features a paper mantle

The fireplace actually works and features a paper mantle

The dining table and chairs

The dining table and chairs

Paper house

The Paper House is located in the Pigeon Cove neighborhood of Rockport, Massachusetts—there are signs directing visitors to the house from the main road but they are small. The house is open daily for self-guided tours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through October.

Address: 52 Pigeon Hill St, Rockport, MA 01966, United States

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