The original second floor of the 1894 Cross House. In actually, there were some minor differences between this plan and what was built.
In 1929, Scott Mouse transformed the second floor into apartments. The most significant alteration was the shrinking of the expansive staircase. This change lasted until 2014 when I recreated the original size. Note the FOUR Murphy beds: in the Round bedroom, Hexagon bedroom, Sewing room (middle), and Long bedroom (upper right).
In 1950, the younger Scott Mouse transformed the Cross House into the Palace Motel. The Murphy beds were removed although their wood cabinets remained, turn into closets. Two such closets remained when I purchased the house: the Long bedroom, and a narrow such cabinet in the hall (which appeared to have been
placed in the location rather than installed). The other cabinets (armoires, really) had been dismantled and placed on the third floor.
For five years now I’ve had no idea of just how many of the cabinets were actually dismantled. Three? Four? More?
Then, yesterday, Justin suggested returning the Sewing room cabinet to its original location, and making it, again, a Murphy bed. FABULOUS idea!
This pile was confirmed as the Sewing room cabinet.
And the precise original location of the cabinet was obvious.
And — drum roll, please — today I returned the cabinet to its original location!!!!!!!!
Left: the dismantled Long bedroom cabinet. Right: the hall cabinet. I dismantled both in 2014. The latter appeared to have been placed in the hall from some other location. It is too narrow to have housed a Murphy bed, and was, I believe, a closet. But in what room had it been originally?
A second “petite” cabinet was discovered. It’s top is to the left. Where had these two “petites” been originally? When the house was transformed into a motel, the parlor and library became motel rooms. Were these two cabinets placed in these rooms as closets?
On the south wall of the Round bedroom it is, again, obvious where the Murphy bed cabinet had been.
The Round bedroom cabinet. Its top is standing in the middle, but the doors were nowhere to be found. Then Justin and I were wandering about the second-floor trying to fixture out wiring. In the bathroom to the Hexagon bedroom, he pointed in a corner and said: “Aren’t those the doors to the Round bedroom cabinet?” Why yes. Yes they were. I had no idea they were there, which is REALLY unlike me.
The 1929 plan again. See how the Hexagon bedroom had a kitchen installed, a breakfast nook, and a Murphy bed? All that was long ago swept away, and I was uncertain if all this had ever been installed but for…
…these pipes sticking out from the north wall. To the right is the drain pipe, and under are the hot/cold lines. To the left is the gas line for the stove.
The outline of the Round bedroom cabinet. Note the smaller rectangle in the middle. That must have been the mechanism for the Murphy bed, which was screwed to the floor, and which would also indicate a single mattress rather than a full. This would mean that the 1929 apartments were intended for singles, something I had never considerer previously. Well, that would make sense. For, I cannot imagine living with another person 24/7 in a single room. Several cats, yes; another human, no.
Now, I just need to find a single Murphy bed frame to fit inside the Sewing room cabinet!