The Cross House
A big question I have pondered for some time was: Did the niche have a picture rail?
It seemed unlikely. For, there is zero place for a picture in the niche. It’s all windows and doors and a giant arched opening.
Still, I had to be sure. So…
Ah yes, the tell-tale dark horizontal line.
This line is common to Victorian-era houses.
For, walls were normally papered. Above this was normally a paper frieze. And between the two was normally a space about 1/2-inches high, which was then covered by a picture rail. Over time, the plaster not covered by paper would darken and, hence, the tell-tale line.
As further proof…
So, the evidence shows: the niche DID have a picture rail. Most curious. And I will, of course, be re-installing a picture rail in the niche. Perhaps I will, I dunno, hang three Christmas wreaths from it each holiday season, to dangle in front of the triple stained-glass windows.
For, I do adore a picture rail with purpose.