On the ceiling of the Cross House second-floor main hall/stair, there are layers of revealed time. On the right is the 1894 ceiling paper. Cool. Way cool. Over the 1894 paper are layers of later paper (left), then 1×2 nailing strips for 1950s 12×12 ceiling tiles.
The 1894 paper was papered over with this. Such work was done before the Cross House was converted into apartments in the 1920s.
Then, there were several more layers of paper added, the above being the final layer. Late 1930s?
A close-up. Silver on a pale pinky beige background.
Then all the paper was covered over (and protected) by 1950s ceiling tiles. One wonders why they don’t make such cool tiles today? I am carefully saving these tiles (of course!), and have the perfect place to relocate them to.