The Cross House
Since starting this blog, I have written many times that the Cross House has forty stained-glass windows.
There are forty-TWO.
I overlooked the two stained-glass transom windows in the main vestibule.
Originally though, there were forty-THREE stained-glass windows, but one went missing…
Today, the Library windows were dropped off at Hoefer Stained-Glass, and the five restored windows from the Long Bedroom picked up!
Stained-glass was common to Victorian-era homes but one normally see less than a handful of such windows in a home. And perhaps just one. So, having forty-three stained-glass windows seems amazing. They truly are the glory of the house.
I am also constantly astounded that only one has gone missing over the years. Wow. A block away is another house by the same architect. All its stained-glass is gone. I am hoping that the owners of the home will recreate the lost panels, and I would be delighted to have them copy some of the Cross House windows.
Twenty-eight of the stained-glass windows in the Cross House are being restored as part of the Kansas Heritage Grant. This work will be completed by years end.
I am applying for a second Heritage grant, so that (in part) the remaining fourteen stained-glass windows can also be restored, and the missing one recreated. The grant is highly competitive, so…