My Doors Are Back From The Hospital!!!!!



This image thrills me.

You see, the doors just came back from the Door Hospital. They underwent a veneer repair, sanding, staining, and refinishing. I was terrified that they would not survive the anesthetic.

But they are back! And GORGEOUS!

Thank you, Dr. Doug!!!!!

The Cross House has two sets of entry doors. This gorgeous pair, and an inner set of mostly glass. I just read a story which stated that back when a house like mine was built, it was understood that if the outer doors where closed, the family was not receiving. If they were open, the family was receiving. Today, nobody thinks about subtle receiving distinctions but in 1894 everybody did

NOTE: Things still to do:

1) Paint porch ceiling and door sill.

2) Install matching porch light to left of door.

3) Remove electric outlets above porch light.


  1. Chad's Crooked House on October 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Every time I see beautiful Victorian doors a pang of pain runs through my heart. A friend of mine passed on a set his neighbor was taking out. They are weathered and (I think) will need to be painted from now on. They wouldn’t fit my opening anyway, but I long to see them on his house.

  2. Ross on October 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Hi Chad! Yes, I am thrilled that the original front doors, both pairs, are extant. I do love that word: extant!

  3. JDH Rosewater on November 8, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Ross, The windows in your house are JUST STUNNING. I wish you would photograph them all and put them in a gallery somewhere, time permitting. I also REALLY want to see the “Steampunk” basement, the attic; and hell, really, the whole house, top to bottom and side to side. You should spend an afternoon just shooting a couple of thousand or so pix and stick them on Flickr or some such. PLEASE! 😉 Jeff

  4. Christy B on January 28, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Did the Cross House have a doorbell originally? Is that it in the photo?

    • Ross on January 28, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Good question!

      I do not know if the house had a doorbell originally.

      The one in the image is not original.

      • zhera on July 27, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        I think you should have an old door bell installed. Something with a string to pull, perhaps?

  5. Nikki on October 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Hi Ross the receiving doors are one of my favorite things of yesteryear the 1903 beauty I rattle around and volunteer at has them and because of your post I get to educate people about them. It’s so fun showing people the craftmanship and explain people’s way of thinking back then. I also tell everyone about you and the Cross House. Thank you so so much for sharing your home,knowledge and passion of this beauty and other old homes with the world, I have learned more from you and your blog than I dreamed possible.

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