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Visitors prepare to tour the Wedding Cake House in 2005 during a benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
2005 Staff file photo
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tours of Wedding Cake House
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: 104 Summer St., Kennebunk. Parking is in a small lot to the right of the home.
ADMISSION: $10 per person
Modern touches were added, including a few bathrooms in former closet spaces. And a massive mural, painted by Burnett, ascends the walls surrounding a spiral staircase in the front hall. The artwork includes images of the house, the Kennebunk River and the First Universalist Unitarian Church where Bourne is buried and once served as Sunday school superintendent.
Barker, a New York native, first viewed the house during a visit to Maine in 1953.
"Jimmy fell in love with the house and vowed to own it one day," said DeSarro.
That day came in 1998, when the fully restored home went on the market.
Barker bought the home with partner Kenneth Douglas Jr., and added many original artworks and antiques that helped to enhance the space and interpret its history from the 1850s.
Many pieces original to the home remain -- including a blue settee in the library and an 1834 square back Chickering grand piano in the front parlor that was delivered by Boston via ox cart.
"George and a beloved niece named Lizzie used to play duets on that piano for their guests," said DeSarro. "There are lots of wonderful little stories and treats like that to discover in the house."
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