Hints of a Proper What Was
ABOVE: The living room of the Cross House, December, 2014.
I always thought it odd that none of the rooms in the Cross House had a picture rail. Wasn’t this de rigueur for houses of the period?
I mean, punching a nail in plaster walls to hang a picture was simply not done! One respected laboriously hand-done plaster walls and did not damage them up with tiny holes. That is what a picture rail was for:
After scraping off all the post-1950 wallpaper off the living room walls, I saw a faint, very faint, ghost outline: a horizontal line running around the room at exactly the height a picture rail would have been:
ABOVE: The large oval marks the faint line where the bottom of the picture rail was. The small oval is a hole where a nail would have held the picture rail to the wall.
ABOVE: At the side of each piece of door and window trim, up high, is the tell-tale shadow of the picture rail.
So, I did have a picture rail. I am so relieved.
I was beginning to worry that my house was improper. Oh the horror! The horror!
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