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Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Once called the "most photographed house in the state" of Maine, the Wedding Cake House, known formally as the George W. Bourne House, is a historic house located at 104 Summer Street in Kennebunk, Maine. The home was built in 1825 by shipbuilder George W. Bourne (1801–1856), who later built a frame barn which he connected to the main house with a carriage house. In 1852, the barn caught fire and the carriage house was demolished to keep the fire from spreading to the house. Bourne, who during a European tour had been impressed by the Gothic beauty of the cathedral at Milan, rebuilt the carriage house and barn in what later came to be known as Carpenter Gothic style. Using hand tools, he crafted five buttresses with pinnacles on top of each. Then in order to tie the new structures in with the existing house, he added six buttresses with pinnacles to the house and then joined them together with intricate woodwork. His only help in doing this was Thomas Durrell, an apprentice ship's carpenter. Bourne spent the rest of his life adding to these embellishments. It has been said of Bourne: "The highly skilled carpenter knew no limits to his skill."
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  • We saw this house on television and it looked charming, but when we drove by we were surprised to see that most of the paint was visibly peeling. I'm sure when it is taken care of it will once again....  more »
  • We pulled off in front of the house (on a pretty busy road). Got a picture. A fun thing to do when in Kennebunkport though. The house is unique alright, but so is every home in that neighborhood.  more »
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