I previously did a post on the second-floor porch of the Cross House.
It’s a really interesting post, and you might want to detour and read it.
At some point the porch was enclosed, but the previous owner of the house, Bob Rodak, removed these alterations, and infilled the huge, original arched openings with solid sheets of glass.
This is how things have remained.
At this point, we all just stood, staring at each other dumbly.
WHERE was the original porch floor?
WHY would anybody have bothered to rip it out? It would have been easily just covered over.
I was altogether perplexed. And not happily.
WHAT was going on????????
All this was fascinating, but we were still mystified.
Where was the damn original porch floor?
Justin then sat on the sill of an arched opening. A moment passed. He then said: “Ohhh, Ross. Do you see what I see?”
I, too, sat down.
And the new vantage point revealed all.
It was instantly apparent how wrong our assumptions were.
There was never a porch floor UNDER the non-original flooring.
The porch floor had been ABOVE the non-original flooring!!!!!!!!
The original porch floor was, as is normal for a porch floor, not level. The floor was constructed to funnel water to the drain in the SE corner. After the floor was installed in 1894, the STAR trim was installed on top of it, and scribed to fit the un-level floor.
Originally, one crawled through a window in the sewing room to access the porch. No, really. So, the fact that the porch floor was a bit higher than the sewing room floor would not have been obvious. But when the window was converted into a door, a contiguous floor between the rooms would have been prudent. So, the original porch floor was removed, and a prudent floor laid.
Assumptions. The cause of all misery.
The current plan is to recreate the lost porch floor next week.