The Cross House
- The Cross House.
- The carriage house.
- The “barn”.
Around 1920s, the double lot was cut in half, and the carriage house/barn sold off.
The carriage house was moved a bit forward on the lot, the “barn” was severed, turned 90-degrees, and moved behind the carriage house. Then the whole was rebuilt as a proper house, with the second floor being transformed from a hayloft into four bedrooms.
Now, while I am NOT going to do anything soon, realizing that there WAS a porch tucked in this corner has made me rethink how I will eventually finish the exterior of the carriage house.
I am now pondering putting a porch back in that location. I would have a pair of columns at the outside corner, and made to match the columns on the Cross House.
I would remove the circa-1920 west entry under the turret, and install a new entry around the corner where that small north window is now. Then, I would install some kind of window under the turret. Maybe I would put the small window there?
In short, the deck I built would be taken down (I would reuse all the bits for the rear deck). A new porch would be built in the corner, and with the new entry on the north wall.
All of this will require much pondering, and measured, detailed drawings. But my mind is very excited about this new direction!
Oh, wanna solve a mystery?
Those railings look just like the 1894 Cross House rails, but a bit taller. The railings however didn’t match the second-floor rails, which were very simple and very circa-1920. And the railing didn’t match the railings on the side of the first-floor porch:
So…I always presumed that the front, first-level railings (which I have) were from the 1894 carriage house/barn structure, and from a long gone porch.
But…any porch would have been at ground level, as the whole structure sat on ground level with, presumably, a dirt floor. Thus, any porch, like the one circled in red, would have had no need for railings.
But…what if the red circled porch had a roof deck? Were the railings there? If so, then the door opening in the turret is likely original.
And…why are the presumed 1894 carriage house railings taller than the 1894 Cross House main porch railings? The rear porch of the Cross House had a railing, too, although only a few feet long. It is now in the basement. And it has spindles exactly the height of the presumed 1894 carriage house railings.
Golly. So much to ponder!