Amazing House on a Rock Island in Narragansett Bay, Newport RI

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Beautiful New England Coast, 9-Sep-2012
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This was an amazing house in the middle of Narragansett Bay, Newport RI. On our boat tour we passed close by it – there was no access to this rock island except by boat. wonderful home – would love to live there myself. The tour guide on the boat said something about them talking about building a tunnel out to the island but it was never completed. you can see from the boats to the left of the house that it was close enough to the shore that there are sailboats anchored, yet it was too far to reach except by boat.

LOVED IT. At the time I first posted this photo I called this the Rock house. A fellow RB member from RI gave me the name of the house as Klingstone, and with a little research on the web and the help of Wikipedia I found out information on this treasure.

It is actually named Clingstone and 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.

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. The structural system of heavy mill-type framing was designed to withstand hurricane force winds. The name “Clingstone” was suggested by a remark that it was “a peach of a house”. In August 2010 the interior was documented in a series of panoramic photographs.

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. 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. Wood, a distant cousin of the Philadelphia Whartons, was able to purchase the property for $3,500, the amount owed in back taxes. The house is known by locals as “The House on a Rock”.

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