In some of the rooms, projections onto glass panes show actors recreating scenes, including one in which a police officer asks Paine whether Lee Harvey Oswald had a gun. She replies ‘no,’ and then translates the question into Russian for Marina. Paine is taken aback when Marina Oswald replies that yes, he does, and kept it wrapped in a blanket in the garage.
Paine lived in the house until 1966 and over the decades it had several owners before the city bought it in 2009. After a renter’s lease expired in 2011, Irving began restoring the home, which included everything from replacing windows to the garage door.
The knotty pine cabinetry in the kitchen remained untouched over the decades, and one piece of furniture has been returned to the house: the Hi-Fi speaker belonging to Paine’s husband, whom she’d amicably separated from by the time Marina Oswald moved in.
Otherwise, city workers pored over photos from Paine, Life magazine and the Warren Commission as they searched for similar items everywhere, said Shirley Smith, the city’s capital improvement program coordinator.
Tours start at Irving’s Central Library, where visitors are greeted by a bank of television sets that include one playing interviews with Paine. Documents are also on display, including a letter from Paine inviting Marina Oswald to dinner and her response.