The Cross House
Let the games begin!
This is the seventh in a series of Discovery posts!
A great mystery of the original Cross House kitchen is: WHERE was the sink?
The room is large but has almost no wall space for a sink. There is one large window, one massive double window, six doors/openings, and a brick recess for a cast-iron range.
So, where was the sink?
This baffled me for years until I came across this image:
The massive double window in the Cross House kitchen faces south, and after finding the above image I then assumed that is where the sink was.
But I had no evidence to support this.
A BIT BACK IN TIME
Right after buying the house three years ago one of the first projects was rebuilding the entire south exterior kitchen wall, which was impressively/scarily rotted from water/termite damage. The wall was rebuilt from top to bottom. In the process the massive double window was removed.
Tragically, this work was done pre-blog, and not documented.
The project was finished in the spring of 2014 but the window, after its frame was stripped of ancient paint, was stored. The huge sashes needed to be restored, and all the exterior trim for the frame was rotted and needed replacing. Dozens of other projects took precedence, and huge sheets of Plexiglass covered over the massive opening in the rebuilt wall.
And so the frame sat. Months passed into years when I recently thought: HOW long has the window been in storage?
The answer motivated me to finish the damn work!
As such, I am very pleased to announce that the 1894 frame is now back in place.
But what, you may be asking, does this have to do with the hypothetical location of the 1894 sink?
But maybe everything.
The holes, I surmise, can only be the result of one thing: a hot and cold water pipe. Jutting up above the window sill.
But, look again at this…
If the Cross House sink was against the window as shown above, it seems probable that the hot/cold water lines would have been drilled through the sill, so as to reach up to the high backsplash.
Or were the holes drilled decades later for another sink?
I have no answer.
But these two infilled holes are rather tantalizing, right?