The Cross House
While the Cross House is remarkably intact, it is missing all its original lighting. The house, built in 1894, was likely one of the first houses in Emporia to have electricity, and all its lighting was gas/electric combination fixtures. About a decade later, all electric was not uncommon. A decade previous, gas was the norm. So, the Cross House bridged two eras.
Finding gas/electric chandeliers and sconces correct to 1894 is proving difficult. I keep finding gas/electric fixtures from around 1904. And even these are rare.
So, my thoughts are:
- Buy ONLY gas/electric fixtures.
- If a fixture dates between 1894 and, say, 1904, buy it!
- Later, as time goes by, replace circa-1904 lighting with circa-1894 lighting.
Does this sound like a good plan?
The chandelier was not a lot of money, so I am unconcerned about it being a weird mix old old and new. It looks old. And I will take some comfort in that.
By the time the room is finished, and my big desk and Apple computer are installed, the Gods may bless with with a fabulous circa-1894 chandelier or the room.
In the meantime? I delight in the above. I keep peeking into the room. And smiling. Broadly.