The second floor of the Cross House originally had one bathroom. This was normal for the period. Save the original encaustic tile floor, nothing remains of the bathroom. Today, it is a gutted shell. Sigh. What did it originally look like? My research indicates that it did NOT look like the bathroom above. As elaborate as the Cross House is, it was not so elaborate as to warrant the pictured bathroom, which would have been in a mansion-grade edifice.
This image however offers a good approximation of what my bathroom looked like originally. Research has revealed that my walls originally had high wood wainscoting, just like as pictured. Was my wood painted or varnished? I do not know. I suspect varnished. In this image the shower is obviously new, as is the toilet. The sink though appears original, and is likely what was in my bathroom.
The same type sink. I think it is yummy.
I particularly like a detail once common to old bathrooms: sinks and tubs and toilets which sat on marble slabs with a raised edge. Nice. LOVE this detail.
This is a period-correct toilet for my bathroom, although this also seems too elaborate for the Cross House. They make modern versions of high tank toilets, but they really don’t look like this. Not really. Is it even possible to find a fully restored 1890s toilet?
I suspect that the original toilet in my bathroom would have been a simpler version such as this.
A tub to-die-for, but also too fancy for the Cross House.
I suspect the original tub would have more like this. I have also seen versions with a varnished wood top edge. Nice.
It is really fascinating that time-machines were readily available in the 1890s.
I am years away from restoring the bathroom but am nonetheless interested in learning all I can about it, and all I can about what an 1894 bathroom would have looked like for a house of the style/quality of the Cross House.
If I were to restore the bathroom now I would:
- Recreate the wood tall wainscoting.
- Install the type marble sink as shown above.
- Restore the encaustic tile floor.
- Install a toilet from 1950.
- In 1950, a bunch of bathrooms were installed in the Cross House when it was converted into a motel. In the garage I have a stack of tubs from these bathrooms. I would install one in the bathroom.
- Install period-correct lighting.
Obviously, such a bathroom would not look like the original. But the original bath is long lost. My version would look like an 1890s bathroom updated in 1950. Kinda fun.
But, who knows what I will eventually do…