The Cross House
Porches are highly vulnerable things, and it is common for Victorian-era houses to have lost their original porches.
Like with this house…
When I first saw the Cross House in 1999 its porches were in sorry condition with a lot of bits missing including many of the columns. Still, enough remained to fully and accurately restore the porch.
The new owners in 1999, Bob Rodak, then spent the next 15 years working on the house, and I would drive by several times a year to view the progress. But…but…bit by bit more and more original columns went missing, to be replaced by 6×6 posts.
I worried. And worried. And worried some more. I fretted that the porch would ever-so-slowly just erode into something banal.
Oh, the horror.
This means that all 21 porch columns are now restored or recreated. Only four of the hand-carved capitals, and four shafts, had to be recreated. Many bases, “hats”, and others small bits are also new. In short though, most of what you see is original.
All this has taken five years. Slowly but surely, via my patented baby-step™ method.
And…I am beyond excited that this vital project has been completed. I walked around the house today just stunned, with a huge smile overtaking my face.
It is rare that people make the effort to carefully restore/recreate architectural bits which have been lost and/or damaged, but this whole process has been incredibly exciting and incredibly soul-nourishing.
Ross is very very ridiculously happy tonight!
The restoration/recreation of the eight south columns is part of the 2017 Heritage Trust Grant.