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Location DB > United States > New Hampshire > Rye Beach > The Tower House
The Tower House
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created by amy atomic on 1/20/2009 3:12 PM
last modified by amy atomic on 1/20/2009 3:37 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
ON THE OUTSIDE: Weather-beaten shingles, cement guard tower, crow's nest with sun deck, tall tower encasing a spiral staircase with a smaller sun deck on top, gambrel-style roofing on more traditional New England barracks attached to the tower.

ON THE INSIDE: Mod, 1960's-style furniture and decor, lots of shag carpeting, spiral staircase with black padded vinyl walls and mirrored side panels, suspended fire place, breakfast nook, barracks-style bathroom, trippy wallpaper, high ceilings, loft-style home office, giant dining room with large window looking out the front of the tower, bar, two kitchens.

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Type: House
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it -- she's gone
 Physical Information
2565 Ocean Blvd.
Rye Beach, New Hampshire
United States
Owner: private property
 Interesting Features
By far the most bizarre house on the approximately 17 miles of New Hampshire seacoast. Situated directly on Rye Ledge on Route 1A, the house was parallel to Church Road, a small and very private road with tons of immense and incredibly expensive mansions, most dating back to the victorian time period.

If you asked anyone on the seacoast about the house, they'd always know what you were talking about, often responding with something along the lines of, "Oh, you mean that ugly house on Rye Ledge?"
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 Historical Dates
Built: 1943
Closed: 2007
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Originally built as a base-end station for nearby Fort Dearborn at Odiorne State Park in New Castle, this house was declared surplus property by the government in the 1960's, and was quickly snapped up by a local who had great plans for the bizarre looking structure. He kept the original barracks that was attached to the large cement observation tower, but transformed the rest of the interior into an art deco masterpiece perfectly fitting with the trends of the 1960's. On top of the cement tower, the owner constructed a crow's nest with a sun deck, affording him amazing views up and down the coastline, and all the way out to the Isles of Shoals. The owner also constructed a second, narrower tower that housed a spiral staircase with access to the modified upper floors of the barracks, where he had constructed a living room, an extra bathroom, a bar, a second -- and larger -- kitchen, and a dining room with an expensive marble slab table. On top of this tower, accessed only through a small hatch and ladder, was another sun deck.

Eventually, the owner died and he passed the property on to his sons and daughters. Not knowing what to do with the house, they put it up for sale, the original asking price being $2.3 million, later lowered to its final selling price of $1.9 million.
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 Future Plans
After being on the seacoast real estate market for a good five years, a young and wealthy couple finally purchased the property. Instead of inhabiting the house, they chose to demolish it in favor of building a much more modern and updated "version" of it, much swankier and more fitting with the other real estate in the area, but still keeping the central theme of the original house with a similar side tower, large front window, and rooftop deck.

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The house on Rye Ledge.
Tue, Jan 20th, 2009
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