The Cross House
There were two problems however:
- There was no electricity TO the sconces.
- The sconces clashed with the almost-period-correct gas/electric chandelier.
Right away, I decided to get rid of the chandelier. It was more 1904 than 1894 (oh, the horror) and was, importantly, too fancy for the room which would have originally had a much smaller fixture.
Getting electric to the sconces would prove a bit daunting, as there had never been sconces in the round room.
So things sat.
Until this week.
Well, wanna see the results?
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I could have, of course, installed period-correct gas/electric sconces. I could have.
Naw, I couldn’t! The receiving room never had sconces, and to install gas/electric sconces would confuse the historical narrative, and y’all know how I feel about that!
The correct approach would have been to simply find a period-correct, and room-correct, gas/electric ceiling fixture…and no sconces. But I have been looking for the ideal fixture for four years now and have not found a single one. Again, the fixture needs to be of a scale and type ideal for a small reception room. I have been able to find ideal parlor and dining room and bedroom ceiling fixtures, but nothing ideal for the receiving room. So, when I came across the 1950s Hollywood-Regency sconces? I thought: Hey! I’ll go in another direction!
In the parlor is the perfect gas/electric chandelier.
In the library are five 1970s pendants. And nobody mistakes them as being from the Victorian-era. I plan to hang 16 of these in the stairwell (yep, you read that right).
In the dining room is a new-ish crystal chandelier.
In the round bedroom is an almost-period-correct chandelier, and a pair of period-correct gas/electric sconces. When I find a period-correct chandelier, I will switch it for the current one.
In the long bedroom is a 1950s Hollywood-Regency brass and crystal chandelier.
In short, the Cross House will be a mix of period-correct lighting, and obviously not period-correct lighting. But no historical narrative will be harmed in the making of my home.