The Cross House

OOPS. (Or No Oops.)

In my previous post I had this image. Meike (from Germany!) wrote and and asked if the three stained-glass windows under the porch were were upside-down as compared to the old image shown. I thought: huh? Then I looked at the old image…

 

…and could not see much. But…but…maybe Meike was right. So…

 

…I went looking for an image of the triple windows pre-restoration. And they looked like this. Today…

 

…they look like this. So, Meike is correct! The lower glass IS upside-down!

 

OOPS.

This is my fault as, after the stained-glass was restored, I am the one who set the glass into the wood sashes and glazed them.

Oddly, I think I like them better upside-down!

 

WILD & CRAZY UPDATE!

Just after writing the above, I looked again at the lower sashes.

They are, indeed, reversed from what they used to be.

But, they have actually been positioned correctly for the first time in 124-years!!!!!!!!

 

See the “edge” band of glass surrounding each window? The sorta gold strip of glass? See how, when looking at BOTH the upper and lower sash, it forms a “frame” around the glass?

 

This kind of “frame” is on all the stained-glass windows in the house and is a typical detail for old stained-glass.

 

See the “frame”?

 

This is the “old” image of the triple windows. The “frame” on the lower sashes was positioned incorrectly!!!!!!!! See? And this can only mean one thing. Somebody in 1894 screwed up. Not me!

 

Again, you can see how the glass is now “framed”.

 

I have to laugh at all this.

While writing the first part of the post I was punching myself in the head.

While writing the second part I was thinking: You are inadvertently brilliant!

And thanks, Meike from Germany!

 

 

31 Responses to OOPS. (Or No Oops.)

  1. Whow! Amazing! Never thought that my decent remark would lead to a blogpost!

    When I wrote it I thought by myself, that the new windows seem to look better (but who am I? Eventually they’re RESTORED!).

    But now, from the inside it is crystal clear that this fascinating story is true!

    I’m baffled…

    Meike

  2. So delightful to have these details fall into place. North side is so stunning! Ross you are beyond brilliant! The stained glass just sparkles & what an amazing eye your bloggers have! Gosh the windows are so beautiful!!

  3. You instinctually put the windows in correctly, without it being a conscious process! I think your instincts have proven themselves over and over……just go with them!!

  4. “….Mrs. Cross had spent the whole day at the construction site, her new dress dusted with sawdust, her hemline soiled with dirt. As she swept through the door of the dining room, she found Mr. Adams hard at work setting the magnificent stained glass windows in place. Mr Adams had already installed the upper sashes, with the large, clear glass, scalloped shaped fans dominating the frames. He now was about to install the lower sashes, lining up the gold glass framing panels with those in the upper sashes. “Stop!” cried Mrs. Cross. “Please Mr. Adams, please install them with the bottom side up!” Mr. Adams removed his workman’s cap and scratched his head. “But Mrs. Cross,” he said,”the bottom sash will be up side down. See? The gold colored glass goes around the two sashes like a frame.” “I know,” said Mrs. Cross,”I know. But it looks like a heart to me and I think that would be charming to see each morning at breakfast.” Mr. Adams scratched his head once more and put his cap back on. “Of course, Mrs. Cross, of course. As you wish.” And he turned the frame up side down as she had asked…..

    And thus another Cross House Mystery is born.

  5. Yes, the framing is definitely correct now, but also, what struck me was the darker brown swirl design in the middle of the window. It matches up now! Before the other half was oddly alone at the bottom of the window.
    And I agree with your instincts – this house speaks to you.

  6. Whoa! I can’t believe no one fixed that in over 100 years. Well done, Ross!

    Is it bad that it took me forever to realize what you were talking about? I totally couldn’t see it. Maybe no one else ever noticed it!

  7. Not only are making the world better, one fix at a time, but you unknowingly fixed a 124 year old mistake…amazing. If you ever needed afirmation that you made the right decision when you bought this house, I’d say this is it…

  8. I understand that both the red pieces on the upper and lower sashes come together now but the beveled glass fan on the lower sashes point down instead of up like the beveled glass plume on the upper sash. I think I like it better the original way.

  9. I think the person that installed them in 1984 slipped through the space time continuum and whispered to your subconscious…

  10. You had the instinct to install as you thought aesthetically correct and now those beautiful windows are installed correctly! I think the mistake was noted and decided to install the way they were originally and now upside down but fun and very beautiful! Kind of like the stenciling where some of the medallions are upside down and it works! So the sashes are correct after 124 years and stained glass beautifully upside down and lovely!

  11. Ross…it’s just your ‘eye for the aesthetics’ that unconsciously had you put them in correctly!
    You just ‘knew instinctually’ that this was correct!

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