A Discovery!


The Round Bedroom of the Cross House, from the original 1894 blueprints.


See the closet, lower right? Adjacent, was a small dressing room. A door is shown to the dressing room but this was never installed. Rather, a portiere was. There was a door between the dressing room and closet though.

In 1929, the closet and dressing room were combined into a bathroom. Read here for all the details.


The former dressing room, looking south. See the hole in the wall?


That is the 1894 location of a gas/electric sconce.


I have owned the house since 2014. How did I not register this 1894 sconce location for the lost dressing room?

Well…I will, of course, install a 1890s gas/electric sconce back in this location. However, the sconce does not align with the 1929 sink. So…hummm. An issue to magically resolve.

A small discovery, yes, but still a thrill.




  1. Sandra Diane Lee on February 22, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Remarkable & astonishing find!

    This is the “gift” that keeps giving; unfolding & evolving over the years and revealing new & newer secrets!

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on February 22, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Easy to miss considering how large the house is. Am I to assume the bathroom is going away and it will again be a dressing room/closet?

  3. Leigh on February 22, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Excellent sleuth!

  4. Laurie L Weber on February 22, 2021 at 11:43 am

    So cool. Maybe you were a detective in another life! 🙂

  5. Stewart McLean on February 22, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I think that a SWIVEL gas electric sconce would make sense at that exact point. You could swing it back and forth when you shave, to get the best light on the side of your face that you are shaving without getting a crick in your neck. There would still be room for a mirror or medicine cabinet below. The offset from where the sink is located may have been intentional if a washstand sat there originally. The swivel sconce seems to be a feature in other parts of the house, why not in the dressing room. It would go unnoticed by all but those who read this post, and most of us will forget to look.

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