Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House

104 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME

There are some seriously high-dollar homes in these parts. But only one Wedding Cake House, which apparently dates back to the late 1800s and apparently has something to do with a sea captain who wanted to impress his wife. It’s got a whole lotta frou-frou, that’s for sure. But does it really look like a wedding cake?

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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(Photos courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, information courtesy of Wikipedia)