The Cross House
This morning Chris emailed me to let me know it was National Tile Day!
And thank goodness for I otherwise would have had no idea!
Chris also wanted to know if I could could do an update on the tile in the Cross House.
You know, for National Tile Day.
In February, 2015, I did a series of posts about the porcelain geometric tile in the Cross House, by the American Encaustic Tiling Company. I found a manufacturer who is making the tile again, and was ecstatic to learn that any missing tile could be recreated! Whoee!!!!!!!!
I sent off samples of the tiles I needed copied, and was eager to move forward, when…the invoice came in to repair/redo the radiator system. Ouch. All projects came to a halt while I spent the rest of the year, and a bit of the following year, paying off the invoice.
And I never got back to the tile.
I am actually glad about this forced delay as I would do things differently now.
The house has three tiled vestibules, and two tiled bathrooms. Most of the 1894 tile is in situ. What is missing will be recreated.
Since posting the above image in February, 2015, I have learned a great deal about this room. The extant tiling is not quite what was there in 1894.
What was a full bath when I purchased the house was a half-bath in 1894, when it had a marble vanity and a high-tank toilet. I even know the precise location of each due to information on the quartz wainscoting (temporarily removed). The vanity and toilet, I believe, sat upon marble slabs inset into the tile floor. This was common. When a tub was inserted in the room in 1929, the presumed slabs were removed, the tiles reconfigured as shown above, and the area under the tub was filled with concrete.
I now plan to restore the tiling so that it once again is the full width of the room. I have not yet decided if I will recreate the presumed inset marble slabs.
To honor National Tile Day, I have decided to resume the dormant tiling project, and so the Great Tile Adventure shall recommence!!!!!!!!