The Cross House
I have been writing abut the niche in the stairhall.
As previously noted, the niche is small but, per square inch, packs more architectural wallop than any other space in the house.
In but an area about 3-feet deep by 6-feet wide, there are two columns, an arch, two doors, and three arched stained-glass windows. Golly.
And all the oak trim is rich with detail.
However, this architectural treasure trove has gone unrecognized for many many decades. The niche does not appear to ever have had any lighting. The daylight from the north-facing windows means that during the daytime one sees the stained-glass but everything else is in shadow. And at night the whole niche just vanishes. Add to this the shellac on all the oak. Over time shellac darkens and so all the oak has been, for much of its existence, a very dark brown. And this SO does not refract light.
I owned the house for some time before I dragged a work light over to the niche and, to my amazement, realized what a knock-out it was. I had no idea.
When the niche is fully restored and Bo’s wonder light is hanging, it will be as if a brand new space was added to the house. Of course, the space was always there…just never noticed.
It is exciting to think that this hidden jewel will soon be the recipient of…much praise.