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 Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step

    You are likely thinking: And why is a fully restored window sash extraordinary and wondrous?  Because…drum roll, please…this sash is the very first part of the carriage house to be restored. The very first. The poor structure has been in bad shape for a very long time. And…the horror…the structure has actually gotten worse…

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How Would Jane Put It?

Today at the Cross House I did something…unexpected. I had not planned to embark upon this small adventure but curiosity overtook me. Soon, I was in the basement shop, working away. When….I encountered something unexpected. Something annoying. Something which made me mad. While driving home I knew, of course, that I would blog about this….

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Ross B Confused

  The left shelf revealed…to my great surprise, as previously detailed…a seeming faux bois (painted wood) finish, as is common throughout the Cross House. But why would the pantry have such an expensive finish? The right shelf revealed…to my great surprise…exactly what I expected: under numerous layers of white paint there was an original shellacked…

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A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With…A Second Step

           

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Ross B Confused. Still.

          This is all VERY weird. I have no explanation for all this. But…I do know that God is jerking my chain. And I have proof.         WTF? WTF? Again, these pieces of wood are from the 1960s. From a different building, under a different 1960s owner than…

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Ross B Confused. Stiller.

        Whew! I can easily restore a shellac finish. The same cannot be said of a faux bois finish. Stay tuned!      

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Santa Claus at the Cross House

A few days ago I received a text from Bob, the previous owner of the Cross House. “I found something.” My reply: “The missing window sash pulls?”               Bob arrived with his wife, Sandy, and the three of us spent the next 5 hours touring the Cross House and…

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A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With…A Third Step

             

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SQUEE!!!!!!!

   

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