7.27.2009

I would like to...


Good morning! I would love to wake up in this house; wouldn't you?! Yes, it's as secluded as it gets, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. This house would be the perfect place for a rejuvenating getaway or to host a weekend of friends. I would even be willing to take part in one of the work weekends! Here's a little info on this beautiful structure:
Clingstone, an unusual, 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: 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. 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. Many of the historic photos he has were provided by the company that insured the house for its original owners. 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.



{Images and text via A Life's Design}

1 comment:

TheDecoDetective said...

May I come, too? It's such an incredible place...