The Cross House
Today I receive an email from Bo Sullivan.
Bo is way cool. He know ALL about old houses and old lighting and old wallpaper and old toilets and, well, just about everything old.
During my great search to discover information about the original 1894 stairhall wallpaper in the Cross House, of which I discovered but fragments, Bo proved to be the hero of the adventure when he discovered the answers to the mystery.
It was then that I fell in love with Bo.
Today though, I am quite vexed with Bo. You see, he sent me an email with links to three INCREDIBLE lighting fixtures which would be perfect for the Cross House. PERFECT.
But I cannot afford them. The fixtures are on eBay, and it is not so much what they might sell for which worries me but what they will ultimately cost to restore. The fixture were (and still are) gas fixtures, so they need to be converted. While I restore vintage lighting, I never work with fixtures of this vintage (I am a post-1910 lighting guy) and the cost to convert the fixtures would be $$$$$$$$. Then there would also be the scary cost to find the correct-style vintage glass shades. A big OUCH.
It is painful to see something perfect for my beloved Cross House but not have the means to do anything about it.
All old house restorers will know this pain.
So, you see why I am vexed with Bo. Well…I am not really vexed with Bo, of course, but rather about the magical prize dangled in front of me…which I cannot reach.
I do not know when the original lighting of the Cross House was removed, but suspect it was during the 1950 motel conversion.
What is so tragic is that such lighting, in 1950, would have been considered of no value.
Now, WHERE is my time-travel machine so I can go to a 1950 Cross House yard sale and pick up the original lighting for a few bucks?