In 1894, the year the Cross House was built, the intersection of Union and Sixth in Emporia, Kansas, was Ground Zero for fine homes. On each corner were elegant structures occupied by the city’s elite.
On the NW corner was the magnificent Plumb House, occupied by Caroline Plumb, the widow of US Senator, Preston B. Plumb.
On the SE corner was the splendid new Cross House, built for Harrison and Susan Cross.
However, no amount of sleuthing on my part has uncovered images of the long demolished structures which stood on the other two corners. Quite vexing! Today, one lot is occupied by a car wash (NE corner), and the other a parking lot and offices for the Lyon County Historical Society (SW corner).
So, the Intersection Magnifique has…declined in time. Sigh.
A few weeks ago, Eric, my neighbor who also lives in a Squires-designed edifice (Squires designed the Cross House), alerted me to a postcard available on eBay. And there — oh, be still my beating heart — was a tantazling glimpse of the long-lost 602 Union, on the NE corner.
Is it possible that 602 Union was moved rather than demolished? It gable end was distinctive, so the hunt is on!
And the hunt continues for an image of 523 Union.
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