The Cross House
Often, I write about being protective of the historical narrative of the 1894 Cross House. By this I mean that people should not walk through the house wondering what is original and what is not. I want this to be instantly obvious.
To this end I also want a distinction between what is period-correct to the house and what is not. So, when furnishing the parlor I chose a sofa and a table and chairs which are obviously NOT period-correct to the house. And then I also picked a single antique chair…
This philosophy helps to guide many decisions. Like, when I learned that the Cross House did not originally have a single electrical outlet, I knew what to do: order modern outlets. Done!
When I learned that the Cross House did not originally have any wall switches, mostly, I knew what to do: order modern switches. Done!
The above dimmer, by Lutron, is unmistakably modern.
But a lot of readers wanted me to install the classic two button switch. You know, the kind with the mother-of-pearl insets? But these were introduced about 1915. If I install these switches people will assume they are original and — oh, the horror! The horror! — I will have confused the historical narrative.
Well, all this brings me to my current HNI (historical narrative issue).
With the parlor now mostly done, the cheap grilles suddenly stand out. They HAVE to go.
A lot of people restoring an old house would opt for what I call ye olde grilles. These are new grilles but styled to look like very old grilles. Like…
However, if I install such grilles I would confuse the historical narrative and create, no doubt, a crack in the space/time continuum causing universal havoc. Eek!
Because the Cross House did not have central AC when it was built, as no building did in 1894, installing ye olde grilles creates a false illusion. And this I am loath to do.
At the same time, I refuse to countenance cheap grilles.
Oh! What to do? What to do?
This new love however has a price.
$100 a grill! Ouch!
The ye olde grilles are less than half that. My parlor needs three grilles and $300 for grilles, friggin’ grills, seems quite the scandal.
But…I am in love.