Lost. Then Found. Sorta.


The Cross House, Emporia, designed by architect Charles M. Squires.

The Cross House, 1895. A wonderful image but the many trees obscure much of the house.


The Cross House. Thrillingly, to the right is the one-story wing of the carriage house. It is topped by a large cupola/ventilator.

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.

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.



  1. Denali Dragonfly "Grace" on April 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Love those little details, you have such a good eye and passion for.

  2. ovedia on April 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Good to have the wf norman website. Our house is missing the turret finial and gable ends. It would be such a dream to give them back to our house. If only the beautiful chimney could be resurrected as well 🙂

  3. Seth Hoffman on October 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The historic photo of our street I have revealed the home next to ours (circa 1912) also once had similar “rooster tail” finials on the gable ends. They’re long gone, and now that I have seen how they once appeared, they seem painfully absent.

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