The Cross House
One would think that, five years into the Cross House, I would no longer be surprised to discover anything about the house.
Well…Mick just proved this assumption wrong.
Just twenty minutes ago I did a new post, and Mick asked a question.
Mick asked: “I have to wonder… the two single piers so close seem an odd architectural detail. That is unless the steps used to go between them instead of off to the side as the currently do – making a grand minor entrance to the porch. Any idea if that is how it used to be Ross?”
There is nothing about the two single stone plinths to indicate that they are not original. And while the rest of the porch has pairs of columns atop wide plinths…
So, there IS precedent!
And the architect, Charles Squires, was nothing if not quirky. The man loved to quirk.
I also have the original drawings so I looked at them…to find a discovery!!!!!!!!
I never “saw” this previously even though I have spent hours looking at all the original drawings.
I seriously doubt a stair was inserted between the two single plinths as the space is only about 24-inches wide. The current stair is to the far edge, the same location as shown on the drawings.
So…cool. How fun! Thanks, Mick!