HISTORY OF THE PINK HOUSE
Harry and Beatrice remained married to each other for the remainder of their lifetime. Harry and Beatrice’s grandchildren have told us that their father Stephen Cutter adored the times he spent at The Pink House & often spoke fondly of his family time there! We also know that they referred to it as the "little pink house" which makes us believe it probably was always pink.
What about the Spite House Legend?
A positive about the spite house legend is that does help people discover The Pink House. Unfortunately though, some judge the house itself for an embellished story about its earliest residents from nearly 100 years ago!
Let’s go over what the legend says. There are several versions online, but we have chosen this widely shared version from Atlas Obscura . Please note: We have never found an article on the Spite House legend that credited factual sources.
Spite House Legend (from Atlas Obscura)
"THIS ABANDONED HOUSE LOOMS OVER a salt marsh, its pale pink paint looking like a mirror of the colorful sunsets that so often streak the sky. It’s a celebrated local landmark, one with a definite air of mystery and romance.
But the picturesque house’s story is not at all romantic. It’s a spite house, a divorced man’s way of getting the final say against his ex-wife.
According to town lore, the house was built while a local couple was in the process of finalizing their divorce in the 1920s. As part of the divorce agreement, the wife required her husband to build an exact replica of their family home for her. But unfortunately for her, she didn’t specify exactly where.
Her soon-to-be-ex went along with her stipulations and built a home identical to the one they once shared. It would’ve been a sweet, amicable gesture—had he not purposely built it atop an isolated salt marsh. Even the plumbing used salt water instead of fresh water, making the abode uninhabitable."
If you compare that story with the facts on record that both Support the Pink House and the Newburyport Preservation Trust researched, you can see where the story could be interpreted... but also where there is just no evidence at all!
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