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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The Suite Is Ready…almost

                I hope to have the wall up this month which will make a huge difference in imagining the room.    

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An End…In Sight

       

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Don’t Try This At Home

The exterior window sills of the Cross House are comprised of two parts. The lower part is 1-1/2-inches thick. This is normal. But the Cross House has an upper section which is 1-inch thick. This is unusual. Most of the sills in the house are in excellent condition, which is amazing after 126 years. But…some…

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Inching Along

       

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Inching Along

     

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Inching Along

   

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Rocks. And Hard Places.

                    The south facade has been profoundly overwhelming. I have been working on it for 18 months now which is longer than I had estimated ALL the work would take. The work on the west, north, and east facades was nothing like this. The huge difference…

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Colorful Windows

         

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Inching Along…between raindrops

     

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Kenny Surprises With Something Curious

  This morning I received a text from Kenny. He came across a Victorian-era settee nearby that was for sale. Might I want it? The settee was…curious. I assume it had some sort of name/function but I have no idea of what this might be. It had new upholstery and the color, I though right…

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A Commencing Suite

Justin was available for a few days so I had to find some projects for him! It was raining today so the work had to be inside. What to do? What to do? Oh! I know! I know! Scroll way down…                            …

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Inching Along

    We are living in very strange times. Be safe my dear ones. Be safe.        

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Small Moves

        While things are very scary right now, in a minute way, in a small town in Kansas, something is a tiny bit better. Small moves. Small moves.    

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A Tale of Two Emotions

My day began. I felt filled with dread and fear. The entire planet is experiencing something profound and alarming. People I know have lost their jobs and are weeks away from financial ruin. People are sick across the globe. People are dying across the globe. And none of us know when the horror will subside…

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THE BIG OOPS

Reshingling the south second-floor was part of the 2017 Heritage Trust Grant. It was a $6,200 line item, and this low price reflected that the work was estimated to be relatively minor.                                              …

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Installing a Dance Floor

              All the roughing drops into the basement but will not be connected. It will be labeled however so a later owner will know what to do with it. This way, I will get a nice walk-in closet while making it easy for a later owner to re-install a…

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Making My Suite

Linda has been asking about my plans for the Long Room…   As large as the Cross House is, it originally only had three bedrooms. Three large bedrooms! There was: Round Room Octagon Room Long Room There was also the Sewing Room which could, of course, been used as a bedroom. My plan from the start…

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A Spike

  At first I thought: Huh? Then I realized. Oh, y’all are staying at home and spending a lot of time looking at old house porn!    

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Inching Along

     

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A Miracle on Union Street

           

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A Room With A View

After purchasing the Cross House in 2014 one item which needed attention (out of 97,648 items) was the very large first-floor curved-glass center window of the tower. In its lower corner the curved glass was diagonally cracked about 6-inches. I was not too concerned about this and planned to have a sticker made (saying something…

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Rescaling the Great North Wall

      The north chimney has settled 2-1/2-inches. It has dragged the house down with it, AND the gutter. Meaning, that the gutter no longer moves water in a channel but simply lets the water spill over its edge and down the brick. After the re-pointing is done, I will attend to the gutter….

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Colorful Returns

             

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Small Moves

     

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A Quiet Day in a Surreal Time

Every day I leave the house I live in alone (save for 2,487 cats), drive alone to the Cross House, and spend the afternoon working alone in an almost 9,000 square foot house. Twice a week I have to go to the grocery store. Except for TP, I have been able to buy pretty much…

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More Colorful!

          It will take a few weeks to restore the wood sashes and glaze the glass in. Then, the beauty of the parlor will be dazzling!    

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A Chimney Update

So, I recently did a post about re-pointing the towering north chimney. John wrote in and suggested I contact US Heritage, which I did. I poured over their website and watched their videos. Wow! These were the people to talk to! Thanks, John! Today, I called the company and spoke to Tai, who was working at…

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Exchanging Cardboard for PRETTY

       

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I’ve Added a Sun Porch!

  OK. I am obviously not being serious! What I rigged up is a sun screen to keep the south sun from baking me while I work, and baking the paint (newly applied paint will blister in direct sun on hot days, as I have painfully learned). And today it was 84-degrees. While waiting for…

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The Search…Is Over!

A while ago, several readers wrote in asking if a SEARCH box could be added. Oh. I thought this already existed. But I belatedly realized that while I could search this blog thingy, you could not. Oops. Sorry! I contacted my web master, Tracy, from IM Design and asked for her help. Help! Tracy started…

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Inching Along

         

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Rethinking My Kitchen Plan? Yikes!

I have done a number of posts on my kitchen, and on kitchens in general. Just type in KITCHEN to the new search box! In 2016, I unveiled my plan for the kitchen. In short:     Island “UFO” Double Sinks Barstool(s) TV Counter for microwave, blender, toaster. Radiator Recreated laundry chute Recreated dumbwaiter Relocated…

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Dr. Doug Visits. Excitement Ensues.

        As Doug and I toured the house he kept saying: “Wow. As we walk around I keep seeing my work everywhere!” It is true. Doug, as with Justin, has been an indispensable, invaluable, and consistent help in restoring the house. I shudder to think how vasty harder everything would have been…

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