The Cross House

A Moving House

In a previous post I detailed the surreal history of the carriage house to the Cross House. In short:

1) Built in 1894. It had a 2-story main section, and a 1-story north wing. The structure sat right against the alley. It likely had no flooring on the main level, just dirt (it was used for horses).

2) At some point, a basement was built right in front of the carriage house, and the 2-story section was lifted into the air, and moved west upon the basement.

3) The north wing was separated before the move. It was then turned 90-degrees, and moved behind (east) the 2-story section, and upon its own new basement. This became the kitchen.

So, a structure which housed horses on the first floor, and a groom (and likely his family) on the second floor, now became a proper house.

But when, oh when, was this done????????

The interior of the second-floor is all still obviously 1890s and it still looks like a carriage house (way cool).

The first-floor however is in a subtle mission-style, so I assumed this work was done around 1915. There is not a trace of the original first-floor interior, when the space was a barn.

In looking at the deeds on the property, I noticed this:

 

Deeds.
Deeds.

 

Because the Cross House and its carriage house sat on legally separate lots, each property (524 and 526 Union) has deeds detailing various transactions.

The deeds between the Cross House and the carriage house should match before the carriage house was sold off. Right? So I compared the deeds between 524 and 526 Union and all the transactions are identical. Until 1921. Then the Bassett family moved into the carriage house, where they lived until 1949.

Based on this, I assume the carriage house was moved, a bit, and converted into a house in 1921. This would also make sense of the mission-style interior on the first floor, when such a style was still popular.

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