The Cross House
Let the games begin!
This is the fourth in a series of Discovery posts, and all based on the Bo Adventure!
I picked Bo up at the airport, and we drove the two hours to Emporia, arriving late in the afternoon.
Bo wanted to run through the Cross House before checking into his motel or having dinner. He said to the effect: “I am not waiting another minute to get inside!”
Ahhhhh, a true kindred spirit.
However, as I was to soon learn, Bo is incapable of dashing through an old house. Rather, his approach is more…glacial. I mean, we spent 15 minutes in the west vestibule before even stepping inside!
Eventually, we made it upstairs before the next ice age because I kept grabbing Bo by his shirt and dragging him forward. While I was thoroughly enjoying Bo’s insight and enjoyment, as the hours grew ever later all I could think of was dinner (food! I love food!).
At last, we stood before the door to the 1894 blanket closet. The closet was long ago removed and combined with the adjacent servant’s room, to create…
The Cross House abounds with delicious hardware by Yale & Towne. The hardware is not randomly installed but is rather specific:
- All the entry doors have Kelp-design Y&T hinges.
- All the interior first-floor doors have hinges featuring a “star” detail from the Y&T Austerlitz pattern.
- All the second-floor doors have plain, but nonetheless substantial, Y&T hinges.
My mind stopped.
My stomach froze, too, wholly forgetting about pizza at Radius.
I had Kelp hinges on a closet door? Kelp hinges? On a door on the second-floor? A closet door? On a floor where no Kelp hinges should ever be found?
My entire sense of reality collapsed. (This reaction would normally have been MUCH more intense but for the fact that my sense of reality has been experiencing a steady slam-dunk punch since 11/8/16.)
I stared at the inexplicable anomaly.
Bo stared at me, as if expecting an answer to this extraordinary, unfathomable riddle.
I broke this cut-it-with-knife immobility by stating: “Hey! Let’s go out for pizza!”
[NOTE: there may be just a hint of dramatic license in the telling of the above story. But, just a hint.]