Let the Games Begin!
After much ado, the Heritage Grant work on the Cross House commences!
This week Groh & Sons began work on relining the built-in gutters. Groh was founded in 1918, and is almost as old as the Cross House.
The house has no visible gutters. The gutters are built into the prominent “cornices” of the house, with applied scroll-work designs. All the gutters feed into each other, and the house originally had no visible downspouts. One gutter fed into the next, which fed into the next, and on and on until the collected water fed into a huge cistern, which is extant and in great condition, although no longer used as such. I plan to reactivate this feature.
In the coming months Groh will also be installing new roofing on all the secondary roofs: the two towers, porches, porte-cochere, and rear extension. The main roof was re-roofed in the late 1920s with hexagon-shaped cementitious tiles. As these will last to the end of time, I am planning to leave them in place.
Repairing the gutters will fix a long long long-term problem with the house, and I am THRILLED that this vital work has begun. Although the work will not be visible, insidious damage caused by leaking gutters will be arrested. So, a big whoee!!!!!
The new roofing however will make a significant visual impact on the house. I am eager and rather breathless.
It seems hard to believe that by the end of the year, possibly quite sooner, the gutters will be doing their job of directing water AWAY from the house rather than INTO it, and that the decaying asphalt roofs and the decaying wood roof on the main tower will be all new and pretty.
Golly, what a difference it all will make. Golly!
Thank God for the Heritage Grant.
Long live the Heritage Grant.
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