The Cross House
Today, I went to big city Wichita to visit my friend Carl, and stop by several antique stores.
Carl owns an extraordinary 1908 house similar to the Cross House in terms of scale and WOW factor. I last visited Carl last year, and well before my knowledge of picture rail was vastly ramped up via the Bo Visitation last March. So, a trim which I had never given any thought to suddenly became an object of fascination.
What surprised me was that picture rail was often something installed by paperhangers rather than trim carpenters, and that such rail would have nothing to do with the style of the trim in a room. Picture rail was often gesso over wood, and featured elaborate designs finished in polychrome, gold, or other finishes.
As such, you may well imagine my reaction upon walking into Carl’s house today and realizing that his house abounded with delicious and original picture rail.
I was freakin’ out man, freakin’ out.
Carl’s house was built by a lumber yard owner, and it would not surprise me that the stylistic variety of picture rail in the house reflects stock he happened to have.
And 109-years after the house was built, Ross was agog.