House on a Rock at Rhode Island

| October 31, 2009

House on a Rock at Rhode Island | Clingstone, an unusual and such a vintage, 103-year-old mansion in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, survives through the love and hard work of family and friends. Henry Wood, the owner, runs the house like a camp where all skilled workers welcome. The Jamestown Boatyard hauls the family’s boats and floating dock and stores them each winter in return for a week’s use of the house in the summer. Once in a while, they are traveling overseas. For cheap flight tickets, please visit

House on a Rock 1
House on a Rock 1

Mr. Wood, a 79-year-old Boston architect, bought the house with his ex-wife Joan in 1961 for $3,600. It had been empty for two decades. Clingstone had been built by a distant cousin, J.S. Lovering Wharton. Mr. Wharton worked with an artist, William Trost Richards, to create a house of picture windows with 23 rooms on three stories radiating off a vast central hall. The total cost of the construction, which was completed in 1905, was $36,982.99. However, bear in mind that the currency in 1905 is not the same as for now. Possibly the price is estimated about $4 millions.

House on a Rock

House on a Rock

An early sketch of the house shows the plan on how they develop the greatest architecture. Mr. Wood is as proud as any parent of his house, and keeps a fat scrapbook of photographs and newspaper clippings that document its best moments. Many of the historic photos he has were provided by the company that insured the house for its original owners. The Newport Bridge is visible from the windows of the Ping-Pong room, to the left of the fireplace. The house is maintained by an ingenious method: the Clingstone work weekend. Held every year around Memorial Day, it brings 70 or so friends and Clingstone lovers together to tackle jobs like washing all 65 of the windows. Anne Tait, who is married to Mr. Wood’s son Dan, refinished the kitchen floor on one of her first work weekends.

House on a Rock
House on a Rock

There are 10 bedrooms at Clingstone, all with indecently beautiful views. The dining room table seats 14. Refinishing the chairs is a task on the list for a future work weekend. Sign by the ladder that leads to the roof reads “No entry after three drinks or 86 years of age“.

“It used to say 80 but we had a guy on a work weekend who was 84, so I changed it,” said Mr. Wood, ever the realist. It would have been a shame to curtail the activities of a willing volunteer.

House on a Rock
House on a Rock
House on a Rock
House on a Rock
House on a Rock
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  1. Wow, what an amazing building. I personally prefer not to live in remote locations, not to mention a simple rock in the sea, but this building does make me reconsider my opinions a bit. The interior is my absolute favorite, the wooden floors and walls and everything looks really good.

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  2. amazing photos. i also wish that my house was there. it feels like heaven on the earth. the best noticeable thing was the notice which is being put on the door. amazing.

  3. Amazing! The room with the fireplace is especially well conceived. The architect should be given an award for this one.

  4. This house looks great yet I suspect that it may get slightly unsafe in times of storm or even high tide… Would spend a week or two there though 🙂

  5. Cosplay Wigs says:

    I like it. Very good.

  6. House on a Rock – it really looks amazing.

  7. They were interesting posts!

  8. But it doesn’t look very practical. You have to boat your way to the city just to get groceries.

  9. mathew says:

    beautiful house at rock. I like to live here

  10. Useful information shared..I am very pleased to study this article..many thanks for giving us nice information.

  11. This I have to share with my partner – who has a passion for water and water-based houses. Absolutely Jealous!!!!!!!!!!
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  12. Well I think living in these type house is a great experience.

  13. great idea but wait…is this safe to live in the middle of the sea?isn’t dangerous?

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  15. coach Outlet says:

    Oh I do hope to visit some day! What a great place to work!

  16. what a magnificent view, i wish i had a house just like that one!

  17. excellent view a very romantic place, a night with someone special in that house would be a memorable experience.

  18. This is out standing place for leaving. I wish I can visit this island.

  19. Ron White says:

    This is a very interesting blog. We really like the home on the rock. We will share this with the class.

  20. very interesting blog. We really like the home on the rock. We will share this with the class.

  21. Super-bub pictures what is the name of your camera.
    All pictures are very nice

  22. magnificent view, i wish i had a house just like that!

  23. Very nice picture. No entry after 3 drinks 🙂

  24. what a nice view! you’re very lucky to have that house!

  25. Great tips, I would like to join your blog anyway,

  26. Dog Walker says:

    magnificent view! i wish i had a house just like that! How old is this house?

  27. hi old man you want to sell your house

  28. nice view! and a very nice house

  29. very nice house and the view is amazing! i wish i had one just like it

  30. Great pictures. thanks for publishing… wonder how it will hold up after a big nor-easter

  31. House of rocks is great place for living.

  32. obgyn says:

    perfect place

  33. just one word:cool,cool and cool.
    i like the house and river.

  34. if you want to sell your house call me

  35. ED Hardy says:

    It’s good to see this information in your post, i was looking the same but there was not any proper resource, thanx now i have the link which i was looking for my research.

  36. Seo Agency says:

    Gorgeous house but it must be scary to be surrounded by water like that.

  37. Its looking nice but I don’t like the water theme because its annoying.

  38. phone spy says:

    how i wish i had the same house as yours, magnificent view!! I envy you

  39. very interesting blog. We really like the home on the rock. We will share this with the class.

  40. mobile spy says:

    i wonder what the market value of this house is, i bet it would reach millions

  41. sac ekim says:

    That’s an awesome house. Is it not risky? I mean the waves or storms? Though, I think living in that house is a great experience and adventures. I have so much fun viewing the pictures.

  42. i find your blog very interesting lots of good post and readable articles. Keep it up i will surely bookmark your site and visit it for future readings!

  43. wonderful house, is this a vacation house or just for family use?

  44. Haven says:

    Thanks for the nice post.