The Strangest House in Each State

Maryland: Vanadu Art House

The Strangest House in Each StateCourtesy of Clarke Bedford

For the gearheads and junkyard pickers, Vanadu in Hyattsville, Maryland has got to be a pit stop for those on a summer road trip. Clarke Bedford has filled his house with antiques, sculptures pieced together from found materials, art cars and especially the Vanadu Ford, an Econoline Ford Van with dozens of metal pieces attached to the roof, front end and sides.

Massachusetts: The Paper House

The Strangest House in Each StateCourtesy of The Paper House

The Paper House in Rockport, Massachusetts is exactly that, a house made from paper. It was built by Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed machines to make paper clips. He started building the home in 1922 and though the paper was first used as insulation, it expanded into furniture. Stenman used pressed paper and a lot of varnish for the walls and paper logs for the furniture.

Michigan: Honolulu House

The Strangest House in Each StateVia Marshall Historical Society

In Michigan, a trip to Hawaii isn’t as far as it seems. The Honolulu House in Marshall, Michigan is reminiscent of Hawaii because of its architectural style, which is a mix of Italianate, Gothic Revival and Polynesian design. Abner Pratt, a U.S. Consul to Hawaii built the home in 1860, which resembles the ‘Iolani Palace. The house has a nine-bay porch and guest can tour it on the weekends for free.  It has undergone restoration efforts to maintain its look. You’ll be also be amazed to see these beautiful sunsets in each state.


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