The Cross House
In my previous post I stated my plans post-niche.
Next will be finishing the NE corner!
Then I was thinking of finishing the east facade. A lot of the first-floor work is done. And the east facade lacks a lot of the time-consuming detail evident on the other three facades. Significantly, the east facade is the last remaining unfinished facade highly visible to people passing the house.
While the south facade is magnificent, and in terrible condition, it is also kinda sorta invisible.
From day one, a powerful motivation has been to get the exterior looking good as soon as possible. When I purchased the house, it had not looked good in anybody’s memory and restoring the main facade (west) and the highly visible north facade proved massively instrumental in, well, thrilling people. Neighbors and people across the whole city regularly convey their excitement. “The house is looking SO good! Thank you! Thank you!”
I know a number of individuals who have encountered difficulties in restoring their old house, from hostile neighbors to profoundly hostile city bureaucracies. My experience has been the polar opposite. My neighbors have been wonderfully supportive, and City Hall has been incredibly helpful and a pleasure to work with.
And I suspect that making a profound improvement to the visible facades is responsible for this generosity of spirit.
Hence, it seems important to “finish off” the visible bits of the house (the east facade), even though many readers are pro-south facade. Indeed, I can even hear y’all. Pro-south! Pro-south! Gooooooooo south!
I remain uncertain what I will do after the NE corner, although I lean to finishing the east facade.
And people, I suspect, will be thrilled if said lean proves a reality.