The Cross House
But, as I now know, there is no evidence that there was ever a porch light at the Cross House. Of course, the previous owner, who did extensive work in the porch attic, could have removed such evidence, but I doubt this.
So, it may be that the porch had no lighting. Most curious.
There is a stained-glass transom over the double entry doors, and this does have a light behind it. It lights up the window though, and not the porch much.
It’s possible that the original architect, Charles Squires, deliberately excluded porch lighting so as not to detract from one of the glories of the house: Its forty-one stained glass windows. At night, with the house lighted from within, the effect is just stunning from the sidewalk. There are actually seven stained-glass windows directly overlooking the porch.
Or maybe not.
At the moment, I am uncertain what to do. I may just add a period-correct ceiling fixture. I may not. I may discreetly light up the doors with an LED strip, hidden behind an oak strip, just above the doors. I may install a modern spotlight, hidden behind the soffit of the porch, and aimed at the floor.
Or I may install a large pair of flaming urns…