The Cross House
The rooms are:
- Three vestibules
- Receiving Room
- Grand Hall
- Telephone Closet
- South Hall
- Dining Room
Most of the Lincrusta in intact. I have small areas with missing Lincrusta (the red lines in the above image). The two larger areas are in the dining room (where water damage over decades ruined a section about 4-feet wide) and in the Grand Hall, under the staircase (in 1950 another stair was created to access new motel rooms in the basement, and the Lincrusta along this wall was removed).
I have some Lincrusta bits to repair small areas, but not enough to repair the larger areas.
After reading a previous post on the subject, Bo Sullivan contacted me, and recommend that I get in touch with Stephen Sullivan (no relation to Bo). And, when Bo suggests, I do. Thus, I contacted Stephen, and he replied to me directly, and on this blog. He wrote that he is: “Lincrusta trained: Restorers and Conservators of Historic Lincrusta Wallcovering (1877 – 1939) for North America”.
Golly. Stephen is my newest very favorite person. Hello, gorgeous!
I am hoping to retain Stephen’s services to help restore my Lincrusta and recreate what has been lost.
The original Lincrusta company is based in the UK, and they offer a “recreation” kit. My heart soared at discovering this!
Stephen stated that the finish I revealed under the old dark shellac is the base color, and that there would have been a top finish. I am highly curious to discover what the original top finish was!
It is going to be great fun hopping onto the Great Lincrusta Ride!
My seat belt is fastened!
And the seat next to me is empty. Wanna come along?