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Jan 27, 2017

Remembering Henry A. Wood III FAIA Emeritus

Henry Wood III remembering

Full obituary article can be found at​.

"Henry Austin Wood III, a Boston architect who restored the Clingstone mansion in Jamestown, died at his home in Boston on Jan. 27 at the age of 87.

Born in Waltham, Mass., Wood was a partner with Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architects. He was responsible for the building and completion of many Boston landmarks, including Boston City Hall, Back Bay Station, the Hynes Convention Center, Boston Five Cent Savings Bank, the Edward Brooke Courthouse, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.

But, according to an obituary written by his family, Wood’s greatest love was Clingstone, a 23-room wreck of a summer mansion built by distant relatives on a rock in Narragansett Bay, purchased in 1960 for $3,600. At the time, the house, built in 1905, had been abandoned for more than 20 years. It had no roof, and 64 of its 65 windows were smashed.

Wood spent much of his adult life on the ongoing restoration of Clingstone. 'When he was not working on the roof or tinkering in the basement of Clingstone, he could be found drinking Mount Gay Rum on the porch, mooning tour boats, or holding court at dinner with a diverse cast of characters,' wrote his son, Dan."