A Lost Thing of Great Beauty
Today, on the NE corner of 12th Street and State, Emporia, is a church. The church, completed in 1948, replaced an extraordinary house, one of the finest in Emporia. The house was certainly the work of architect Charles W. Squires, who designed more buildings in Emporia than any other architect.
Squires designed my Cross House, hence my interest.
The house was, I believe, built for G. W. Newman, who owned Newman’s department store in the city.
The Newman House and the Cross House share characteristics:
– round towers.
– octagon towers.
– paired porch columns
– prominent limestone foundations.
– a porte-cochère.
The Newman House was comparable in scale to the Cross House. Today, the Cross House is the largest (by far) Squires-designed home remaining in Emporia.
It pains me to look at the above images and know that this fabulous structure was just smashed to bits.
Recently, somebody told me that many interior fittings were remove from the house, and installed in a new home in Emporia. Who told me this? I cannot remember. Which new house? I cannot remember.
Is the story true?
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