The Cross House was built in 1894. It is located at 526 Union Street, in Emporia, Kansas. I purchased the house in March 2014.

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The Cross House, Emporia, designed by architect Charles M. Squires.

The Cross House, Emporia, designed by architect Charles W. Squires.

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A Sad Story About A Waiter

When I purchased the Cross House in 2014 I had no idea it originally had a dumbwaiter going from the kitchen to the basement. Bit by bit though, clues revealed its former existence. I speculate that it was removed circa-1929 during the conversion of the house into apartments on the second-floor, and an owner’s suite…

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A Brilliant Surprise in the Library

      The island looks better in the image than it does in person. In person, it looks cheap. It IS cheap! I had intended to top it with marble matching the marble-topped Saarinen Tulip table in the adjacent parlor. But, the quotes I received stopped this idea from proceeding. With the library now….at…

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The Vital Value of Sparkle

  I plan to install a hose bibb on the porch so the whole can be easily scrubbed. I should have done this years ago.    

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Baby steppin’. And a message from Bat Girl.

               

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Baby Steppin’.

           

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Cleaning the Curve. And Pondering a Curiosity.

    The interruption of the Lincrusta, and its reeded top trim, is curious. It was there in 1894. It was gone when the circa-1950 wallpaper was installed. What happened? I do not know. Replacing the Lincrusta will be easy. The top reeded trim can also be replaced although not quite as easy. My thought…

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Baby Steppin’ The Library

                             

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Wanna Meet My Du Barry?

                      The man who sold the set said it was his grandmother’s. After her death though no family member had a place for the set. So, it has now moved from Wichita to Emporia to begin a new life.    

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May I Tantalize?

   

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Heeeeeeeee’s Baaaaaaaack!

I think 592 days have gone by since my last post about the Cross House. Well, maybe not quite that long, but certainly the longest since beginning the blog in 2014. Justin has been working elsewhere for the past few weeks so that, of course, has slowed everything WAY down. And because I am just…

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Decor Ponderings

So, y’all know I have been redoing the library. You know, the room I did in 2014. Sigh. The redesign process started when I began to experience a subtle…but nagging…suggestion in my brain: Hey, Ross, wouldn’t it be cool to return the small door to its original location? This would mean removing mounds of books,…

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DE-FUNKING

All long-term restoration projects involve…creeping funk. This is when somehow, when you are not looking, every room gets filled with clutter. In one room miscellaneous trim fills a corner, a stack of wood shingles sits in front of the mantel, small boxes rest adjacent, several doors (from where?) rest against another wall. And so on….

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Cannibalizing The House

So, y’all know I have been making a mess of the library. I am going to take down the 2014 white shelves I installed on the west wall, to the right of the mantel. This will necessitate rounding up trim for the wide pocket doors into the parlor. The trim was removed (I think) circa-1950…

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Visitors!

     

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Baby Stepping

                     

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The Case of the Vanished Bench? PART III

In 2020, I did two posts on what I believe is the vanished stair hall built-in bench. Post I Post II Before reading this new post (and when you have the time), I suggest you get some wine out, and re-read the first two posts. They are rich with information. And, remember, Restoring Ross always…

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Resurrecting The Lost Laundry Chute

In 1929, the Cross House was converted into apartments on the second floor, and the new owner (Scott Mouse, Sr.) created a private apartment for his family on the first floor. This suite…I think…consisted of a living room (the former dining room), kitchen, and bedroom (the former library). However, to access the bedroom, a new…

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Door Update

      After the stripping is done, I will sand down the door. Then amber shellac it, as it was originally. Ross excited.    

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Baby Stepping

                          While restoring the south hall was not remotely on my to do list for 2022 it unexpectedly became a project. All renovation projects are like this. The hall became a project due to: Moving the library door back to its near-original location…

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A Progressing Dumbwaiter

     

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