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.
Putting The Past Back. Part II.
The door trim has a history. Beginning bottom left: This plinth block (and its mate, right) are now in their third location in the house. They were originally from the second floor as they retain their ‘oak’ faux bois finish. During the 1929 alterations to the house (to convert it…Continue Reading
Prepare to be…GOBSMACKED!
Pour a glass of wine. Fasten your seatbelt. Scroll down… I am gobsmacked by the visual impact of the new Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper. I needed less than a…Continue Reading
A Move-In Update
Nine years have elapsed since I purchased the Cross House. I have yet to spend a night in it. Had some tarot reader predicted this I would have laughed. Impossible! Yet, here I am in year #10 with nary a sleep-over. The house was not livable when I purchased it: no heat and no plumbing….Continue Reading
In 2014, a bunch of PEX lines were run from the two west bathrooms on the second floor (servicing the Round Bedroom and Octagon Bedroom), and to the new utility closet adjacent to the original bathroom. This new utility closet though (which will offer access to the newly heightened dumbwaiter) is narrow and I…Continue Reading
As I learned from Bo way back, 1890s picture rail was not intended to match the trim in a room. Because 1890s rail was not installed by finish carpenters but, rather, by wallpaper hangers to complement the wallpaper. Who knew? The aim, thus, is not to match the wallpaper but to…Continue Reading
I knew that to change the black to another color, there was NO WAY I was going to carefully, tediously repaint a new color around all the molded leaves. My first thought was to remove and…Continue Reading