The Cross House


I am blessed to have copies of the original drawings to the Cross House.

The set is incomplete.

The drawings are also As Intended rather than As Built, and there are numerous discrepancies between the two.

All the images enlarge if you click on them. Then enlarge again.

Save a few details, there are no drawings of the carriage house. BIG sigh.


No. 1. WEST (main) ELEVATION. (Courtesy Mouse Family archives.)






No. 4. BASEMENT. The top is south. This is true for all subsequent floor plans.






No. 7. THIRD FLOOR. This is mostly one huge room. Quite incredible.


No. 8. I can only guess what some of the missing drawings depict.


No. 9.


No. 10. MAIN STAIR DETAILS. The lower landing is shown here as a L-shape. It was built as a U-shape.


No. 11. DETAILS.


No. 12. DETAILS.


No. 13. DETAILS.


No. 14. DETAILS.


No. 15. DETAILS.
No. 15. DETAILS.


No. 16. DETAILS.






10 Responses to Blueprints!

  1. How I love looking at these. I am sure you know how lucky you are to have such drawings. I would nearly kill for one early photograph of my home. I have been looking for 10+ years but to no avail. I am not one to give up but I wonder when I should say enough is enough in my endless search for something seemingly easy to find after enough time. Hope to come down there and see your beauty one day!

  2. May blessings rain down upon your head for saving both properties. For much too long, the wonderful homes built in past years have been destroyed in the name of progress. You are my hero for saving these homes. Thank you!

  3. Wow, thanks for sharing all of these in one place! It’s unfortunate about the missing ones, but perhaps they’ll turn up among your many connections sometime.

    As an engineer, I often struggle with missing drawings for existing structures. Even commercial and industrial building owners don’t realize the value of good, complete as-built drawings. One sheet of paper can easily save tens of thousands of dollars in survey, site investigation, and non-destructive testing.

  4. You spoke of restoring the laundry chute and dumbwaiter.

    Is there any other evidence of 1890’s technology that you are going to restore?
    i.e. call buzzers, doorbells, whistle tubes, telephone wiring?

    I ask because I have a 1900 late victorian 4-square built when electricity was first introduced, I have gas lines throughout the house for the now disabled gas lighting system.

    I found ghost outlines for where the call bells and doorbells were, plus telephone runs both inside and outside the house… ugh!

    I was considering restoring all of these original “Bells and Whistles” but was going to stop when it came to the telephone wiring.

    Cellular has made hardwired phones obsolete and now, I understand why these older technologies were abandoned so quickly.

    I even want to remove all the cable TV runs that aren’t being used but then I caught myself again!

    Why not restore this technology as well?

    Clean up the rats’ nests in the basement for telephone, doorbell, and cable/ satellite TV.

    Replace the bad with a good state of the art wiring and connections, but keep it neat and professional.

    (I am also running a hardwired network to our two offices and home theater room which does double time as a guestroom, outfitted like an apartment for a boarder.

    I can’t do a full-on restoration of the house, so much is gone, but for what survives, I can still keep it interesting and functional.


    • I will also be restoring the speaking tubes, and what appears to be the original remote bell for the telephone closet.

      Regarding old wiring and old telephone wires and old cable wires, I am tearing all this out. As well as old plumbing pipes. I am leaving the old gas lighting pipes.

      The entire house is being rewired, and replumbed with PEX tubes.

  5. It’s a little late to post this, but my best guess based on late 1800’s blueprint sets is that No. 8 and 9 used to depict cross (no pun intended) sections of the house, one from front to back and the other side to side. They likely would have shown floor thicknesses, ceiling heights, and wall/door molding elevations.

  6. Hi Ross, just found this page.

    What a house! Congratulations!

    Hope to visit one year, all bests from Oslo,


    • Robert!!!!!!!!!

      I was thinking about you a month ago!

      And I hope all is well with you! Yes, PLEASE come visit!

      BIG hugs,


  7. I just watched a YouTube special on your journey to bring this beauty back to life. I wish I lived closer.
    I’m 54 and just took on my 3rd old home. I share your passion.

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