This Mass. destination just ranked among 45 amazing places you never knew existed

You'll find it in Rockport.

Inside The Paper House in Rockport. The Paper House

Do you know about the century-old summer home in a Massachusetts seaside town built using 100,000 newspapers?

Health and wellness website 24/7 Tempo just named The Paper House in Rockport among 45 amazing places you never knew existed.

“These lesser-known locales consist of natural formations, man-made marvels, and rare or strange occurrences that should invigorate your sense of adventure,” 24/7 Tempo wrote.

The 1922 home, which is now a museum, was built by Elis F. Stenman, a Cambridge mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, according to the museum’s website. He built the summer home with a traditional wood frame and roof, but the walls and furniture inside are made of newspaper, according to the site. There’s even a grandfather clock fashioned out of newspapers from each U.S. state at the time, so papers from Alaska and Hawaii are not included.


Here’s what 24/7 Tempo wrote about The Paper House:

“Beginning in 1922, mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman began constructing his home out of traditional materials. When he got to the walls, he decided to try using newspaper. By the time he was done and moved out in 1930, the walls, furniture, and doors were fashioned out of 100,000 newspapers. The Paper House is now a museum that is tourable by donation.”

The site compiled the worldwide list after consulting travel blogs and travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveler. Other wonders on the list include Crooked Forest in Poland, Market Theater Gum Wall in Seattle, Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, and Giant Crystal Cave in Mexico.

The Paper House is open daily except during the winter. Last year, the house was named among the world’s hidden wonders in a new Atlas Obscura book.

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