Clingstone

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North-northwest view from the water of Clingstone
North-northwest view from the water of Clingstone.

Coordinates: 41°28′55.6″N 71°21′11.5″W / 41.482111°N 71.353194°W / 41.482111; -71.353194 (Clingstone) Clingstone is a house built in 1905, perched atop a small, rocky island in an island group called "The Dumplings" in Narragansett Bay, near Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Architecture[edit]

The dwelling, designed by Philadelphia socialite J. S. Lovering Wharton and artist William Trost Richards, is a three-story 23-room 10,000-square-foot shingle-style cottage.[1] The structural system of heavy mill-type framing was designed to withstand hurricane force winds.[2] The name "Clingstone" was suggested by a remark that it was "a peach of a house".[3] In August 2010 the interior was documented in a series of panoramic photographs.[4]

Film director Wes Anderson modeled the house from Moonrise Kingdom after Clingstone, specifically the interior shingles. [5]

Owners[edit]

The original owner, relative of industrialist Joseph Wharton, built the house in response to the government condemning his earlier summer home in order to build Fort Wetherill.[6] Wharton summered there until his death in the 1930s. Heavily damaged by a hurricane in 1938, the residence was vacant from the time of his wife's death in 1941 until it was purchased in 1961 by Boston architect Henry Wood.[1] Wood, a distant cousin of the Philadelphia Whartons, was able to purchase the property for $3,600, the amount owed in back taxes.[7] The house is known by locals as "The House on a Rock".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Green, Penelope (2008-08-07). "Who Lives There - The Old House and the Sea". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Historic and Architectural Resources of Jamestown, Rhode Island". Jamestown Philomenian Library. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. 
  3. ^ Buttrick, James C., Jamestown Historical Society (2003). Jamestown: Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1192-7. 
  4. ^ "A Visit to Clingstone". 
  5. ^ Parent, Tatiana (2013-02-13). "A Whimsical Road Trip To Moonrise Kingdom Filming Locations". 
  6. ^ "Jamestown and Newport, Rhode Island — Interesting and Useful Information". 
  7. ^ Hammel, Lisa (1976-09-08). "Family shares island empire with birds". St. Petersburg Times. 
  8. ^ English, Bella (2009-07-28). "Home sweet rock — No man is an island, but Henry Wood comes close". The Boston Globe.