The Cross House, 1895. A wonderful image but the many trees obscure much of the house.
Circa-1910. What is great about this image is that the original roof is intact, as well as the many bits of roof ornament. Note the finial on the round tower. This is, thank God, extant, but all the other ornamental bits are gone.
All the gable ends of the house originally had this type of ornament.
The very dramatic round tower finial. The roof will be done this year.
When I purchased the house, March 2014. See, the cool roof bits are gone (save the round tower finial). Poo.
This is the fabulous 1930s “Studebaker” image recently given to me. Only two roof bits are extant: the round tower finial, and the octagon tower. Image courtesy Mouse family archives.
A close-up of the lost octagon finial. Today I sent an mail to WF Norman to see if they could recreate it, or something similar. This roof is also going to be redone this year. And there is no way that the lost finial cannot return! No way!
The Studebaker image again. Note over to the right. That is the carriage house…
…and it, too, is missing a cool bit.