The Cross House

Little Bits

The base of the turret is the Receiving Room. It has three curved-glass windows. With stained-glass curved transom windows. All too delicious! The stained-glass was restored as part of the Kansas Heritage Grant, and their openings covered over with plexiglass, as shown in this image. Then the wood sashes had to be restored, and then the E N D L E S S process of waiting for the glazing to dry so the sashes could finally…


…be painted. Whoee! Here is one transom patiently standing in the vestibule, waiting to be reinstalled. Such excellent manners!


And back in place!!!!!!!! It’s a amazing how denuded the house looks without its glittering jewels.


From inside. All the clear-glass pieces are beveled glass, so the whole just glitters and shimmers when walking by.






12 Responses to Little Bits

  1. So, Ross, remind us of how many of the stained glass windows are now completed, and how many are left to go? Your embarrassment of riches of these beauties always amazes me!

    • I always thought the house had 40 stained-glass windows, but I counted again the other day, and there are 42!

      I am uncertain how many are restored right now. I pick up 5 more on Tuesday!!!!!!

  2. I’m curious as to what one does to protect theses windows from the elements, and make the openings more energy efficient. Were you able to salvage the original storm windows?

    • The house does not appear to have had storm windows originally.

      There are none today.

      I will not be adding storm windows. Nor hardly any insulation. Rather, I am working to make the house TIGHT. This, more than anything, will create energy efficiency.

      I did a post on my plans. Wish me luck!

      • I’ll read your post again. There’s an absolutely gorgeous stained glass window in my St. Paul, MN neighborhood that has no storm and I worry about it. And how can a stained glass window be all that tight with all of the seams in it? Just wondering.

        Good luck!

        • After the the many pieces of glass are bedded in new lead, the whole is washed with some goop which fills in all the cracks.

          They really are quite tight!

  3. You really ought to get some true linseed oil glazing putty! Not only is it period-appropriate, it can be painted as soon as it skins over, which is within less than two weeks, sometimes just after one week!

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