An Architect’s Island Home: The Clingstone House

An Architect’s Island Home: The Clingstone House

In 1961, the Boston Architect Henry Wood purchased this amazing island mansion with his wife for only $3,600 on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. Today, the Clingstone House (designed by J.S. Lovering Wharton with artist William Trost Richards) is a warm all-wood home with a 360-degree view of the ocean. Three stories tall, the Clingstone House has a large center hall, ten bedrooms and total of twenty-three rooms total. It would be hard to find a deal like this on today’s market for that little money, despite the fact that the salt and water-wear from the surrounding ocean on the oak beams would make maintenance of this spectacular mansion ridiculously expensive. But hey, you do what you have to do to live in your own version of paradise!


  • retrohib October 23, 2009 at 01:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    My friends, here we are; in Rio frio, the friendly pond town. Our town is located very near the line of the Equator. Here the everyellowgreen make the different in this forest-river town.
    And .. the great different, the wooden house, where the music is in the river and in the roof, where the singers are birds and frogs. A “big Orchestra”, without paying one cent.
    I think that your family are enjoying their wonderful wooden house. It is healthy for ever.

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  • nora October 26, 2009 at 04:16 AMLogin to Reply →

    this house makes my heart ache, it is incredible, an absolute dream.

  • Ricky October 27, 2009 at 23:09 PMLogin to Reply →

    I can’t help but think about crabs or sea creatures crawling up your wall or your front yard. And what about high tide? or fear of Tsunami.

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  • Bob Bruce November 25, 2009 at 22:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    I would like to volunteer to help with Clingstone. How can I contact Mr. Wood?

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  • Tom Sharpless October 8, 2010 at 02:08 AMLogin to Reply →

    I have admired Clingstone since I first saw it as a young teenager in the 1950’s. Last summer Henry Wood kindly gave me a chance to take a series of high resolution, high dynamic range panoramic photos of the interior. See them at


  • Kat December 24, 2010 at 01:40 AMLogin to Reply →

    I go to Rhode Island every year, and took a schooner tour of the bay, and the blurb they gave us on this house made it sound even more appealing! According to the tour, since its an island, and emergency vehicles can’t get there than they don’t pay taxes, or atleast get a cut. And certain times of year it’s up for week-by-week rent, but its more a week than what the Woods’ paid for it. And the house is absolutely beautiful in person!

  • Megan January 16, 2011 at 00:50 AMLogin to Reply →

    Absolutely gorgeous. Reminds me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events…A bit like Harry Potter also. Very incredible concept, and very beautiful vision.

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  • Jim Lloyd March 6, 2011 at 07:50 AMLogin to Reply →

    Mr. Wood,
    The summer of 1963, two shipmates and myself,(we were in the US Navy) thought it would be fun to rent a row boat and, well…row around. Did I mention I don’t think we were playing with a full deck. Long story short, it was getting dark, the tide was going out and You came out with your boat, towed us back to your house.
    Thank You for saving us from sure doom, I truly believe we would have been swept out to sea, if not for You. Thank You!! Jim Lloyd

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