A Trip to the Magic Man

I always love visiting Scott. I bring him stained-glass windows in disturbing, depressing, and worrisome condition, and he magically transforms them.

Today, I dropped of three stained-glass windows from the round bedroom. And I picked up a finished window.


Two windows are curved and are from the round tower. This one was so fragile that I wasn’t sure it would make the trip. So, I mummified it.


The third window is flat, and is matched by two more arched-top windows which were done previously.


You can see how fragile everything is, and the scary bowing. In two months, all the windows will have been transformed. By magic. I can’t wait!


I’m SOOOOOOOOOO excited that the second round window from the NE corner is at long last done! I thought this would have been finished last year!


Its twin, installed in 2018.


You can see the missing round window, upper left.


There are 43 stained-glass windows in the house, which is astounding. Once the round bedroom windows are completed, all that will be left is two windows from the main vestibule, and four from the parlor. I’m amazed that the end is in sight.

All the work is part of two Kansas Heritage Trust grants, work which would not have been possible otherwise. Go, Kansas!




  1. Claudia on July 18, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This side of the house is just so beautiful.


  2. Miss-Apple37 on July 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Amazing!! So close to the end for these gorgeous stained glass windows!

  3. R. Montilla on July 19, 2019 at 5:51 am

    There are many beautiful things in the Cross House, but, in my opinion, the stained glass is certainly the most striking feature of the building. I’m amazed that such delicate things have somehow managed to survive all these years (if I remember properly only one original stained glass window is missing).

    • Ross on July 19, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Yes, one window went missing. I am having it recreated.

  4. Cindy Belanger on July 19, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Amazing progress, not just the stained glass which are all phenomenal, but the above pic is just so beautiful. What a transformation from 2014. Go Ross!!

  5. Dawn Rocco on July 19, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I could look at that picture for hours, so beautiful Ross, love the stain glass windows . I’m patiently waiting for the day when the south side looks as lovely . Nice work!

  6. William M. on July 19, 2019 at 11:54 am

    “People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

    • Randy Cummins on July 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Wow, as an amateur stained glass enthusiast, I love this quote. Hopefully you will understand if I use it in the future when explaining to folks why I got involved in the stained glass hobby in the first place.

      Ross, as you might remember, my favorite things about the Cross House are the beautiful stained glass windows and the stair hall. I’m so excited that you are within sight of having all of the windows restored and re-installed. They truly make the house more beautiful than any other restored home which had windows that didn’t survive. Thank God for Kansas with their grants to restore and preserve such rich history. Many congrats for your work and dedication. I will stop by again when I am down your way.

      • William M. on July 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm

        Absolutely Randy…………when I first came across that quote, I thought of Ross and the Cross House…………..

  7. Carl on July 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    The Cross House needs to be taken over by the state of Kansas once your gone and can never be allowed to slip back into disrepair. A private owner will never respect the house the way you have. It’s becoming a State treasure and needs to be treated as such. If I outlive you I will check up on the house periodically and scream at anyone who’s fucking it up.

    • Ann on July 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Half way through my journey through his journey, I started thinking that very thing. No one will ever love this house the way Ross does because no one has his investment of time, love and money.

  8. Dawn Rocco on July 20, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Ross, Carl is right, you could donate it to the city or the historical society. It should be preserved for future generations. They could call it The Ross MacTaggart Cross House and give tours, all proceeds to be donated to the Save the Kitties foundation of course and maintenance on the house. Who would one talk to in order to do something like that I wonder.

  9. Nancy from Georgia on July 20, 2019 at 7:52 am

    As a glass artist, the stained glass windows just blow me away! Thank you for saving them! Thank you for saving the Cross house. I am happier knowing it’s in your loving care!

  10. Sandra Lee on July 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

    The Cross House is stunning and unique in all it’s architectural uniqueness but the greatest marvels are the extraordinary stained glass! Each of the windows whethera part of a group or theme for a room are breathtaking. They are the Crown Jewels of the Cross House! So 44 windows with 43 original? One Kansas’ greatest treasures! A masterpiece lovingly brought back to life by you Ross! I echo some of my fellow bloggers with ideas for the future

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