The Cross House
It is a THRILL seeing the two stone piers stand, again, alone as originally intended. And to see columns again? SQUEE!!!!!!!! Columns!
Only the hand-carved capitals of the columns are original. All else is new, exactly replicating the originals.
A BACKGROUND STORY
When I first saw the Cross House in the 1990s, many of the porch columns were missing, replaced by 6×6 posts or 2x4s.
For years and years and years I would drive by the house waiting for the missing columns to appear, magically resurrected.
But the magic never happened.
I grew ever more worried. Would I drive by one day only to discover that even the few original columns, with their delightful and unique carved capitals, had also vanished, replaced by more 6×6 posts?
Oh, the horror.
After purchasing the house in 2014, I discovered many of the missing columns and capitals moldering away in the back yard. I brought all this inside, and let everything dry for many months. I would, on occasion, even caress the sad bits and whisper to them. “You’ll be fine soon! Better than ever! Just hold on. Just hold on!”
Several capitals were obviously missing, so I had a mold made of an original capital and new capitals were created out of resin. These were installed on the west face of the L-shaped porch in early 2015.
Four columns were missing. In 2014, I had Dr. Doug make new bases. Last month, I picked up new cedar columns which were turned in Kansas City. The price was, ah, unsettling.
Two of the new columns are now in place, and soon the remaining two will be, too. This means that after many many many years, the twenty columns which were in place in 1894 will be, again, in place again.
My excitement is considerable.