The Cross House
At some point, either likely 1929 or 1950, the east window facing the porch was transformed into a door when the porch was enclosed. The porch floor (as I just discovered) was about 6-inches ABOVE the sewing room floor. This floor was removed, and a new floor installed continuous with the sewing room (as seen in the above image).
In the process, two sashes were lost, and a stained-glass transom. This is the only stained-glass in the house gone missing, which is impressive considering that the house had forty-one such windows originally.
This week, I am going to recreate the lost porch floor. Then I will remove the glass panels filling the two arched windows of the porch. Thus, after an absence of many many many decades, the porch will again be an all-weather space. Whoee!
I will later rebuild the lost east window to its original size. This will not be hard, as only the bottom portion needs to be rebuilt, and a spacer installed between the sash opening and stained-glass transom.
When the stained-glass window shown above is restored, I will have a matching one made. This will be installed in the east-facing window.
Where the two wood sashes were originally, will be my clever idea. Rather than sashes, I am going to have a door made. The door will look just like a pair of sashes, but will open like a door.
Because I will need to match the thin outline of a wood sash, I don’t think the door can be made of wood, but will need to made of steel. Hope Windows specializes in this kind of thing, so I am going to ask them for a quote.
Yes, I will have to step over a high threshold to access the porch, but suspect this will be more charming than annoying.