The Cross House

A Continuing Niche

The trim around one of the three windows is now refinished. Whoee!!!!!!!!


All the stained-glass in the house looks better once the DARK trim is vanquished!



19 Responses to A Continuing Niche

  1. Fabulous! It’s like you turned on a light. I love the niche and the telephone closet. You have really brought this niche back to life.

  2. Gorgeous! It’s an almost guilty pleasure I feel in my delight in the fruits of all YOUR hard work! We get to stand back with you and admire and it didn’t cost us hours of smelly, messy and finicky labour.

    • Hi, Suzanne!

      When I look at the images I forget all the work and have the same reaction as you do!

      I think: Wow! That looks great!

  3. I have wondered if you were going to do something with the radiators? I think they could be painted to either accent or blend in with the rooms. Stark white, while maybe period authentic, is fairly ugly. I’m not a period purist, so my first thought is gold, or antique bronze look, or at the least brown to blend in with the background trim. What are your thoughts?

    • Hi, Jenine!

      Rest assured, white was NOT a color for 1890s radiators!

      The radiators in the Cross House were, I think, painted in a two-tone gold finish. I plan to recreate this.

      • Oh, thank goodness! Even a bare metal would make the radiators more comfortable in their surroundings. The white is just disturbing.
        Gold tones are a wonderful idea. Another choice might be aluminium paint – aluminium became very fashionable in the 1890s.

  4. Wonderful! Most of the radiators seem to have some detailing to them, so a little creative painting could make beautiful.

  5. My god I adore those stained glass windows. It must be like being inside a jewel box. I just stare at them in awe.

    • Me too, Annette! I only have one in my house; an old house nearby was razed recently and I begged the owner to let me remove the three stained glass windows, offered him a lot of $$, but he refused and they were destroyed along with everything else…

      • Why, why, WHY are people like that? NO, you may NOT save/buy that…. I want it DESTROYED!!!!…. UGH! It is sickening! SMH!

        • It was exactly the way you described, Scott. The attorney who bought the house 20 years ago had let the house sit empty and run down to the point that they city condemned it. I was told that the elderly attorney who had lived in the house had humiliated the younger one in court once, and buying the older one’s family home and destroying it somehow made the younger one feel that he had taken his revenge. Sad…there was also a lot of wood trim, and even tho it had been painted, someone could have salvaged it and made it beautiful again.

          • So, how would you categorize that, Transference of Pettiness?

            Humanity is so depressing sometimes. Then again, does an attorney actually count as human? I could *almost* comprehend if someone related wanted the windows. I might have risked just taking them anyway, or paying/bribing the demo crew.

            THIS is exactly why we love Ross. Not only for saving beautiful craftsmanship, but also sharing it with all of us.

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