The Cross House

History

 

The Cross House by Charles. W. Squires.
The Cross House by Charles. W. Squires.

 

A very brief history of the Cross House:

1894: Harrison and Susan Cross build the Cross House, which was completed in March. The couple had occupied a house previously on the site, which they had relocated to 624 Cottonwood (no longer extant). While the Cross House was being built the couple occupied a house just to the south of the site (516 Union; extant). In September, 1894, Mr. Cross died (six months after the Cross House was finished).

1902: Mrs. Cross dies. The Cross House, by the terms of her will, is deeded to Fred Newman, acting as a trustee for Mary Cross, the granddaughter of Harrison and Susan Cross.

1907: Newman sells the Cross House.

1907 – 1928: The Cross House went through a succession of owners and uses including a stint as a tea room open to the public. During this period the adjacent carriage house was sold off (about 1921) as a separate dwelling.

1929: Scout Mouse, Sr., purchased the house, and converted it into apartments.

1950: Scout Mouse, Jr., converted the house into the Palace Motel.

1960: The house was purchased by Frank and Ester Toms, and used as a fraternity, boarding house, etc.

1993: The house was purchased by Harry W. Thompson.

1999: The house, now boarded up and surrounded by a six-foot-high chain-link fence, was purchased by Debbi and Bob Rodak, and converted back into a single-family home.

2002: The Rodak’s were able to reaquire the carriage house, separated from the Cross House for a century.

2011: Bob Rodak successfully had the Cross House placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2014: The Cross House, and carriage house, were purchased by Ross MacTaggart.

 

Harrison Cross. Sadly, I cannot find an image of Susan Cross. Image courtesy of the Lyon County Historical Society.
Harrison C. Cross. Sadly, I cannot find an image of Susan Cross. Image courtesy of the Lyon County Historical Society.

 

Charles S. Cross, the only child of Susan and Harrison Cross. Image courtesy of the Lyon County Historical Society.
Charles S. Cross, the only child of Susan and Harrison Cross. Image courtesy of the Lyon County Historical Society.

 

 

4 Responses to History of the Cross House

  1. Love your house and am filled with admiration for what you’re doing. Best wishes in your restoration. I will be following you.

  2. Hi Ross, I’m an instant fan! I love the Cross House and you for restoring her – what a dream come true! You must be a pretty awesome guy to fall in love with her and be able to bring her back to full glory. Houses this beautiful and rare blow my mind! So cool. I hope I can tour it one day. ~Gia

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