A Stained-Glass Update

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…



…and it was over to the left, in the Sewing Room, and looked like…



….this. Luckily, its twin was (and still is) across the room. When the above window is restored, I will have it copied. Then, once again, forty-THREE stained-glass windows will grace the Cross House. As God intended. And all the ills of the world will suddenly be righted.



The Receiving Room has been denuded of its glorious glass for awhile now. It’s amazing how the colorful glass makes each room sizzle with radiance.



This week, the radiance has returned!






This is the WIDE center window which had collapsed onto the ground, smashed into heartrending bits. Now resurrected!!!!!!!!



To each side of the center window is a matched pair of these beauties.



In the Library are three stained-glass transom windows. They look OK in this image. They did not look OK in real life.



Radiance removed. Me sad.



This is the center panel.



The lead caming is shot, there are broken pieces of glass, paint on the glass, and the wood sash is in poor (but restorable) condition. The image hugely enlarges if you click on it (as do the others).


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…



…everybody cross their fingers!






  1. Barb Sanford on August 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Crossing my fingers (even if it DOES make it hard to type).

    • Ross on August 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Crossing your toes should work, too!

  2. Brandy Mulvaine on August 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Fingers, toes, and eyes!

    • Ross on August 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      I forgot about eyes!

  3. Tony Bianchini on August 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I love the double entendre here!

    • Ross on August 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm


  4. nathan davis on August 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Fingers crossed! Also, it is truly incredible that in such a longtime, none of the windows were removed (save the one removed as a byproduct of an alteration). Amazing that not one of them fell victim to the mindless destruction from the 20s onward.

  5. Tony Bianchini on August 17, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Crossing our fingers, for the Cross house…

  6. Paul Tyler on August 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Thats pretty amazing that all but one window survived at a time when Queen Anne victorian was out of style. I believe the house was waiting for you to restore it. It was destine to be. Beautiful windows! Crowned jewels of the house. I hope I can get the chance to come see the Cross house and chat with you. 😀

    • Ross on August 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      I will give you the grand tour!

      • Paul Tyler on August 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm

        That would be awesome! Thank u

  7. Brandy Mulvaine on August 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I highly recommend the grand tour! Seeing the Cross house in person was such a cool thing, and meeting Ross of course!

  8. Meghan, UK on August 18, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Fingers crossed from across the pond, too! These pictures, and every new story about the restoration are delightful.

  9. Pat on August 18, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Crossing fingers! What an amazing difference it makes in the receiving room.

  10. Karrin Huhmann on August 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    If any sort of public testimonials from Kansas residents are part of, or helpful to your grant application — well, just let us know!

  11. Mary Ann Lammersen on November 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love that I can see the originals so close up!…thankyou! Question: what was the title of your post which showed pictures of all the stained glass pretties? I am inspired to recreate some of these patterns. I had noted before that there is a similar panel in our dining room, scavenged from the wrecking ball. I agree that these designs inspire happiness and optimism. I have saved a favorite childhood possession…a small book titled “Cheerful”…and have treasured it for a long time. It is about a city church mouse who used to dream about living in a land like the stained glass church windows he admired. He gets his wish when he accidentally gets transported to the country in an Easter package sent to a lady’s granddaughter…in the beautiful countyside! …sigh, I am a sucker for a nostalgic story about stained glass windows!!

  12. djd_fr on January 16, 2017 at 5:39 am

    The work on the windows seems to be moving right along, but maybe because I have been reading your blog over a period of a few days. 🙂

    Unfortunately our house’s style would not go with stained glass. I really admire how you recuperate the wooden parts also.

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