By summer, if all goes well, the roofing on the towers will be new. And the missing finial really absolutely most certainly and without-a-doubt needs to be resurrected.
It would be criminal to have pretty new roofing but with a denuded…top.
The obvious choice to make a new finial is W. F. Norman. The company is almost as old as the Cross House is, having been founded in 1898 (four years after the Cross House was built). Norman makes all things metal, notably tin ceilings. They also offer metal roofing, and metal roof flourishes.
But they have nothing like my missing finial, so I would have to have one made. Which translates into $$$$$$$$$. Scary $$$$$$$$$.
There are other options:
Funny, but if somebody had told me a few years ago that I would be obsessing over roof finals I would have thought them quite mad.
Yet, here I am. Obsessing.
Well, what are your thoughts? Anybody know of a fabulous sphere finial sitting in a salvage yard for, you know, $50? Copper is great, but the house abounds with galvanized tin details and flourishes and cornices so galvanized tin is also fine.
Oh, one more thing…
The 1920s cementitious roof is in about the same condition today as when it was first installed. A retired roofer advised me to never replace it as I would regret it. “It will last forever,” he said. So, I plan to retain it as long as possible and, thus, do not plan to recreate the lost flourishes.