The Paper House, Pigeon Cove, c. 1980-2006

In 1922, Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer from Cambridge, and his wife Esther bought land in the Pigeon Cove section of Rockport to build a summer house. Fascinated by a trend to use newspaper for insulation and construction, they decided to try it themselves. In 1924, they started construction of what became known as The Paper House, now a popular tourist attraction in Rockport.

This shot of the interior of the Paper House in Pigeon Cove is by the photographer Carol M. Highsmith. It is dated as having been taken sometime between 1980 and 2006. Although it is of more-recent vintage than I typically post here, the lighting and colors are striking.

Highsmith specialized in taking pictures of landmark buildings and architectural renovation projects in Washington, D.C., and all 50 U.S. states. She has a particular fascination with documenting “disappearing America.”

She has donated many of her photos to the Library of Congress. This photo is from that collection.

 

 

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