The Cross House
Let the games begin!
This is the sixth in a series of Discovery posts, and all based on the Bo Adventure!
In my previous post, Discovery #5, I wrote about an oddity which Bo noticed about about the window sashes in the second-floor “tower” room in the Cross House.
The discovery was of a subtle nature. So much so that I wondered if anybody would find it of interest. So, I, ah, rather jazzed up the introduction.
However, as things have developed in the last 24-hours, my concern was unwarranted. For, Bo’s discovery has proved that, rather than being subtle, it has now totally destroyed my sense of reality.
Is your seat-belt fastened?
I did a long post on the history of the carriage house, and while I have worked on it in fits and starts it has mostly been mothballed since I purchased the Cross House. A plan however is afoot to do the minimum required to get the house livable, and then rented later this year!
It is possible that the carriage house was finished before the Cross House. As I wrote in my previous post, had I been the construction manager I would have done just that, to create a staging area and storage.
Mike, apparently curious about this possibility, went online and checked the old Sanborn maps of Emporia:
Note that the map states that the Cross House is “being built”. But there is no such comment on the carriage house.
This might mean my supposition is correct, in that the carriage house was built first. Or it might mean that because the two structures are on one piece of property, “being built” would apply to both.
In addition, Sanborn maps are not always 100% correct.
Well, all this might explain why Discovery #5, the diamond-paned sashes in the turret room, make no sense.
THE BIG HOUSE
The Cross House has diamond-paned sashes in the pantry, the west dormer, and the north gable.
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
The diamonds on the right make sense. They are either full- or half- or quarter-diamonds.
But on the left? Huh? What? The diamonds just thoughtlessly crash into the edge of the sash, artful geometry be damned.
This is really strange.
WHY are the windows in the turret room alone so odd?
A MUNTIN CURIOSITY
If the carriage house was built first, maybe the turret diamond windows were built first? Then did the architect realize how fucked-up they were, and made sure this was not repeated?
Maybe. Or maybe not.
- WHY don’t the turret diamond sashes match the other such sashes in the carriage house?
- WHY are the turret sashes so fucked up?
- WHY don’t the carriage house diamond sashes match the same in the Cross House? The muntins don’t match, and the patterns in the big house are much tighter.
I have always assumed the diamond-paned sashes in the carriage house are original to the 1894 structure.
However, the east bedroom was created as part of the 1921 conversion. It is more sun porch than bedroom as its three exterior walls are all windows. And all the upper sashes are diamond-paned.
But these exactly match the diamond sashes in the south and north bedrooms. I would expect them to be a bit different as they date from almost thirty years after the 1894 sashes. Or have my assumptions been wrong all this time?
Perhaps the diamond-paned sashes in the carriage house date from the 1921 conversion? This would explain why they don’t match the diamond sashes in the Cross House.
But none of this explains why the turret windows match nothing, and are so fucked up.
WHAT is going on?
Between the porch column, and the tree limb, that sure looks like a diamond-paned sash with a clear-glass sash below. On the turret.
And I do not see…a dormer to the right.
ROSS’ REALITY IS DESTROYED
So…so…I don’t see a dormer in the 1895 image.
This makes me wonder if all the dormers date from the 1921 conversion?
THIS would explain why the diamond sashes in the east and north bedrooms (all in dormer windows) match the 1921 sunporch diamond windows, because all date from 1921.
And THIS would explain why the turret windows don’t match. Because the turret dates from 1894. I base this on:
- A rounded bay is shown on the Sanborn may exactly where the turret is. I am not too concerned that the bay is actually an octagon rather than round, as Sanborn often gets shapes wrong.
- The turret has the same curved cornice with applied swirls as the Cross House.
- The original drawings show TWO finials for the carriage house. One was for the top of the huge cupola/ventilator on the 1-story wing. The other was for, well, somewhere. But this second finial (a weathervane actually) appears to match the weathervane shown atop the turret in a 1932 image. Thus, the 1894 drawing of a weathervane seems to match a later image atop the turret. Moreover, the weathervane in the drawing is for an octagon-shaped roof. And the turret is an octagon.
A MIND FULL OF SUPPOSITIONS
It seems that the 1894 carriage house had a huge hipped roof interrupted only by a turret.
All the many dormers were added during the 1921 conversion.
This would explain:
- Why the turret diamond sashes do not match all the other diamond sashes.
- Why the south and north bedroom sashes match the sashes in the 1921 sunporch/bedroom.
If correct, this means that the carriage house had a huge attic rather than second floor.
This means that the entire interior of the second floor, which I always assumed to be 1894, is instead 1921.
But…but…the Sanborn map indicates a full second floor.
And there is still no explanation for why the turret sashes are so fucked up.
I have a headache now. I am going to lay down.