The Cross House
This is my sixth year of owning the Cross House. In all that time I have come across one period-correct, and budget-correct antique for the Cross House:
It’s easy finding fabulous antiques. It’s not easy finding antiques which are really right for the house, visually.
People who own old houses often fill them with antiques from many decades before/after their house was built, and with antiques MUCH grander than their house, or much less grand.
I am interested in another approach.
The Cross House was built in 1894 and was highly advanced in terms of technology (it may have been the first house in the city with electricity) and was also advanced, style-wise. It’s not just a Queen Anne but is a Queen Anne Free Classic. Oh my!
There are no 1890s archival images of the interior (sigh) but it can be reasonably assumed that such a state-of-the-art house would have had all new furnishings (at least on the main level). Also, I want antiques which are period-correct and budget-correct for I find that such pieces well complement the architecture and fittings of each room.
Well, this week David contacted me. He lives in Wichita, works for one of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets, and wanted to let me know about a settee which had been donated.
He thought it looked like the antique chair in my parlor.
Oh! Oh my!
He sent some images.
And my heart was all aflutter.
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Before buying the settee, I first ran it by Bo, and he confirmed it’s being period-correct for the house.
At the moment I have no idea where to put the settee but as I have, I think, 268 rooms I should be OK in the end.
Thanks, David! Thanks, Carl! Thanks, Bo!