Clingstone, The House On A Rock

Clingstone, a cedar-shingled house built in 1905 and currently owned by retired Boston architect Henry Wood, stands on a rock in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.

Clingstone, a cedar-shingled house built in 1905 and currently owned by retired Boston architect Henry Wood, stands on a rock in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

A panoramic view of Clingstone in Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island house sits only 20 feet above sea level.

A panoramic view of Clingstone in Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island house sits only 20 feet above sea level.

Furniture and the view from one of Clingstone's 10 bedrooms.

View from one of ten bedrooms.

A fireplace in the central hallway at Clingstone.

A fireplace in the central hallway.

Henry Wood's granddaughter, Roma Taitwood (in pink), dances with Betty Hasse in the main hallway at Clingstone.

Henry Wood’s granddaughter, Roma Taitwood (in pink), dances with Betty Hasse in the main hallway.

Visitors to Clingstone grab a snack from the kitchen before heading to the beach.

Visitors grab a snack from the kitchen before heading to the beach.

The dining room at Clingstone can seat many.

The dining room seats fourteen.

An early sketch of Clingstone. J. S. Lovering Wharton built a house of picture windows, and drew its sightlines with an artist friend.

An early sketch of the house.

Retired architect Henry Wood, 80, bought the 10,000 square foot home nearly 50 years ago. It had been unoccupied for 20 years and was in poor condition.

Retired architect Henry Wood, 80, bought the 10,000 square foot home nearly 50 years ago. It had been unoccupied for 20 years and was in poor condition.

Clingstone is 'green,' or sustainable, from the windmill on the roof to the composting toilets. The windmill provides electricity. Solar panels heat water for household use.

Clingstone is “green,” or sustainable, from the windmill on the roof to the composting toilets. The windmill provides electricity. Solar panels heat water for household use.

Visitors to Clingstone head to the boat dock for a trip to a beach.

Visitors head to the boat dock for a trip to a beach.

The porch at Clingstone gives a view of Narragansett Bay -- as does every other part of the house.

The porch gives a view of Narragansett Bay — as does every other part of the house.

Desktop collectibles in a bedroom at Clingstone.

Desktop collectibles in a bedroom.

The dock where visitors to Clingstone arrive and depart.

The dock where visitors to Clingstone arrive and depart.

From a bedroom window at Clingstone, sailboats and power boats glide by.

From a bedroom window where sailboats and power boats glide by.

Queen Mary 2 dwarfed Clingstone as it sailed by years ago. The photo hangs above a doorway inside the house.

Queen Mary 2 dwarfed Clingstone as it sailed by years ago. The photo hangs above a doorway inside the house.

Clingstone is perched on a rock amid the larger islands of Narragansett Bay.

Clingstone is perched on a rock amid the larger islands of Narragansett Bay.

In wintertime, the House on a Rock stands out in the icy gray seascape.

In wintertime, the House on a Rock stands out in the icy gray seascape.

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