The Paper House

fromstreetafasfdasf.jpegThe Paper House is an actual house made from paper.


It was built by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, began building his Rockport summer home out of paper as a hobby. That was in 1922.

The framework to the house is wood-just like any other house-it has a regular wood-en floor and wooden roof. The wall material, which was supposed to be insulation really, is pressed paper about an inch thick. It’s just layers and layers of newspaper, glue, and varnish on the outside That keeps it pretty water-proof actually.

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7 Responses to The Paper House

  1. Toyia says:

    this is very interesting, I wonder why some investors or even the non profit organizations haven’t researched this so this way they could start using this same method for building other homes in other areas

  2. carol-ann says:

    This seems to be a very lucrative way to build a home! I have a garage full of newspapers, so i guess i’m half way there!

  3. kimberly says:

    I can only guess that the building codes in 1922 were as strict as they are now…..try going to city hall these days and ask them to build a house out of newspaper…….lol awesome idea though….

  4. Debbie S. says:

    I actually know of a person in Washington, IA who makes bricks out of old newspaper and other paper recyclables. They pass fire code because the the pulp is boiled down and somehow becomes fire retardant (maybe it’s mixed with something?)

  5. Amy Lynn says:

    Wow ! That’s very creative! Neato!^_^ I”d like to see more pics of the papper house or even see it in person.:)

  6. Frank says:

    I sometimes I wish I had came up with this Idea sound like a very nice place to live

  7. Howard L. Mangold says:

    hOw does the price compair to a conventionaly built and compairable sized house? Bet records are hard to find, or did he keep any?

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