The Cross House

Tour the Cross House

PLANS

By some miracle, Bob Rodak found the original blueprints to the Cross House. Except for the first floor. Bob graciously included these invaluable documents with the sale of the house to me. I am deeply grateful.

 

The main level (first floor) of the Cross House. More information will soon be added.
The main level (first floor) of the Cross House. This is a recent drawing as the original 1894 first-floor blueprints have not been found. More information will soon be added.

 

The second floor, from the original 1894 blueprints. I apologize for the blue rectangle; I have no idea why it is there. More information will soon be updated.
The second floor, from the original 1894 blueprints. I apologize for the blue rectangle; I have no idea why it is there. More information will soon be updated.

 

The third floor, from an original 1894 blueprint. This floor was, as still is, basically one HUGE open space. It is thrilling. It was also never a ballroom, as is so often supposed.
The third floor, from the original 1894 blueprints. This floor was, as still is, basically one HUGE open space. It is thrilling. It was also never designed as a ballroom, as is so often supposed.

 

IMAGES

If you would like a photographic tour, Old House Dreams (one of my favorite blogs) featured the house before I purchased it.

 

6 Responses to Tour the Cross House

  1. I am not a subscriber yet, but I was trying to do virtual tour, but it wasn’t working for me. Anyways, I’m not a big commenter. I just love old houses mostly Victorians. If I ever win the lottery maybe I can buy one!! It’s wonderful that you have the skills and knowledge to do it properly.

    • Hi Lisa!

      The tour is the plans above, and the link to Old House Dreams which shows the interior before I purchased the house.

      So it is “like” a virtual tour!

  2. Ross

    I was looking through Old House Dreams and came across your blog. I was thrilled to see the original blueprints. I have been designing and drawing custom homes for more than 35 years so I have a passion for old plans and blueprints. It’s nice to see some of your work. It makes me appreciate your comments I read on Old House Dreams even more, knowing you speak from experience. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I ran across your youtube site, “An Old House Love Story” by accident and went to your web site..restoring the Cross house. I am so jealous!! All my life I have done carpentry and fixing up houses. I always wanted a Victorian house but just never got one. I was a divorced mom of one and worked all my life just to support us and pay my little cape cod house off. I learned everything I needed to know by asking people when the need arose. I can make stained glass windows, wallpaper, paint, roof, wall repairs, drywall, pretty much anything I would need for redoing a house except for plumbing.

    There is a house for sale now in Benton Harbor MI. It’s a great house and just like happens so often, a couple from out of state bought it and told everyone how they were going to restore it ..bla bla bla. Two years later they have it up for sale after they tore down a beautiful carriage house, and GUTTED the second story!!! I can’t seem to get the sellers to respond to me for showing. It’s a great house and I thought you might get a bit of joy at just looking at this house. Some neat backstory on this house is that it was once owned by a female silent movie star. The house is located at 1297 Colfax Ave. Benton Harbor MI. 49022. You could look at it on google or look it up on Trulia. The thieves have stolen most of anything nice like radiators, furnace, doors, etc. They are asking $75,000 but it’s not worth it and they only paid $45,000 before they destroyed it. I’d be very interested to hear what you think of the house. I’d love to fix it up a little at a time and just live in it as is. It’s sitting on a great lot with 1.8 acres., a revene, and a corner, tree filled, lot. I know you are very busy but I thought you might enjoy taking a look at this poor abused Victorian house! Sincerely, Kathy W.

    • Hi Kathryn!

      The house in Benton Harbor is pretty fabulous! Thanks! In 2013 it was featured on Old House Dreams. The house, at the time, looked pretty bad and with a lot of damage to the interior.

      As I understand things, the new owner put on a new roof, and other work. The current listing images show a much more attractive house.

      I hope a good person gets this fine place! Love all the property, too!

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