The Paper House
The Paper House
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Louise N
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I loved seeing this creation. Everything in the house is made out of paper. And you can see the newspaper stories in the furniture. It is unique and lovely. It is maintained by donations although they do suggest two dollars a person. I found it fascinating.
Written October 7, 2023
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Linda_in_Quincy
Quincy, MA402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
through all kinds of weather including the blizzard of 1978 and the “perfect storm” of 1991. What is astounding is that this summer cottage and its furniture are made of paper!

Elis Stenman, aided by his family, began his project in 1922 - newspapers were folded, glued and varnished to fashion a house. These were affixed to the wooden framework. The cottage was livable starting in 1924, and he continued to make furniture. By the time he was done, he had used about 100,000 copies of newspapers.

It’s fun to walk through and read the headlines of the past. The writing desk highlights Lindbergh’s flight, and the grandfather’s clock the capital cities of the states.

If you’re in the area, it’s definitely a curiosity worth visiting.
Written May 13, 2023
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Kimberly C
in MA54 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Disappointed it wasn't open for touring. I guess the people living in the nearby house don't want the money that could be generated by people like me willing to see it.
Written May 20, 2022
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HelpfulAngel
Atlanta, GA1,239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Just outside Rockport is the curious Paper House. The entire house including walls, doors and much of the furniture inside was made out of newspapers by a mechanical engineer in 1922. I'm not sure quite how it's still standing, but it's amazing to see and has running water, electricity, a stove and even a working fireplace!
Written November 19, 2021
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Sandy L
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We really enjoyed our brief tour on our own here. There is a box in which to drop your $2 pp fee in the house adjacent to it since they are the owners. There is written information on a desk inside the house answering your questions with postcards for an additional charge.
Written September 28, 2021
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Kelly F
North Attleboro, MA124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was a recommendation from someone who lives in the area. Quirky is a great description! It’s off the beaten path and if you’re in the Rockport area and are interested in something unique and quick to do, then this should be on your list. The structure is made completely of paper. “Furniture” is also made of tightly rolled newspapers. As you look more closely, it goes from quirky to really interesting to think of what was made and how it was put together. A lot of thought and purposeful placement of some headlines. Check it out
Written September 12, 2021
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Douglas M
Collingswood, NJ124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Off the beaten track in the Pigeon Cove area of Rockport, the house is an example of New England quirkiness. It is constructed with a wood supporting structure but the walls, ceiling, and exterior walls are all made of newspapers, as are the wide variety of furnishings and even parts of a piano. It is the ultimate in n off- the-beaten track attraction.
Written July 17, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,845 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Driving from Salem, we stopped here after searching out the viewpoint of Thatcher Island’s 2 1771 Lighthouses just 5 mi southeast. It was easy to find with pretty Rockport sitting in the middle. This is an atlas obscura “quirky place” but we were surprised to see, several other tourists out here. The builder, a mechanical engineer in 1924, collected, rolled and glued 100,000 newspapers to construct his summer home, using 215 layers of newspaper to make the ½” walls, and tight rolling for chair frames and other furniture. The marine grade varnish he used for preservation still does its job and advertisements of the age are still visible.
We stopped at the Pigeon Cove Fisherman's Co-Op Harbor 1 mile northeast for a picnic lunch with its active fleet of lobster boats making a nice visit.
Written June 9, 2021
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BerkshiresBound
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a quick 20 minute visit that gives a sense of the type of vacation house and pastimes people had in the area 100 years ago: collecting newspapers from around the country, folding and rolling them so that certain headlines and topics stood out, and arranging them into the walls and objects of a small summer retreat. The family has another house on the property so it really feels like being in a private residence, and you leave a few dollars for the self-guided visit at the main house.
Not great for kids (very fragile surroundings); perfect for crafting/engineering and history buffs. There was an origami, scrapbooking and lego vibe to the whole place!
Written August 30, 2020
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Krista S
Andover, MA45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Tucked up in Pigeon Cove (an small enclave between Rockport and Lanesville) - this house is a two room bizarre collection of furniture made from rolled up newspaper - now almost 100 years old. Honor system to pay (suggested price is $2/person, which we happily paid). If you are already in Rockport, take a quick drive up here - just be respectful of the neighborhood and speed.
Written November 17, 2019
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