The Wedding Cake House after recent restoration work.
What do you get when you wrap a brick Federal style house in wood Gothic Revival trim? The famed Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk, Maine!
It was built in 1825 and received its Gothic trim in 1852. The house had been in somewhat neglected condition in recent years, as often happens when long-term owners become elderly and less able to keep up with maintenance.
Fortunately, the next generation has undertaken a full restoration. I paid a visit several months ago and the exterior is looking amazing again, as you can see.
Few historic buildings stand today exactly as they were built, and many have had substantial changes in the past. The Wedding Cake House is a great example.
Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” explores how to spot and understand these changes to help you identify what features of a house are character-defining and worthy of preservation.
The book is filled with information to help historic house lovers restore their homes. The award-winning and best-selling 720 page, hardcover volume contains more than 2,000 photos and drawings.
It is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.
Signed and personalized copies can be ordered directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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