Stephen King’s mansion is being converted into a museum and writer’s retreat in a bid to celebrate the writer’s work and inspire the next generation.
The house, located in Bangor, Maine, will be transformed into a non-profit project after a request submitted by King and his wife Tabitha was unanimously approved by the Bangor City Council.
“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” councillor Ben Sprague told Rolling Stone after the decision was made. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”
Having given the proposal serious consideration, The King family have decided to predominantly make the house an archive for some of the author’s wide-ranging works. In a bid to manage the demand, King has also decided to limit the amount of guests to five writers at a time and access will only be granted by appointment.
David Gould, the Bangor planning officer, told New England Cable News: “They did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction, that would bring all sorts of people to the neighbourhood, and they have other neighbours that live there.”
While budding writers will be able to visit the house, it is unlikely that King will be hanging out there. One of the main reasons the family decided to embark on this project was due to the fact that they now spend most of their time either on the road or in Florida.