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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My blog posts about the restoration are below.
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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….Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading