The Cross House

Puttering Along


Above the red door is a glass transom window which was covered with a glass panel. Such panels, held in place with little blocks of wood, were all over the house when I purchased it. Only a few remain.


And this panel departed today, revealing the textured glass transom.


Much better! All the wood here is in excellent condition. The big task will be to remove all the vents which were punched through a window (lower right). I will be relocating the vents to a less visible area, and reinstating the glass window (which is stored in the basement). To the left is a round hole in the door trim. That is where the original handrail goes, which I found in the attic of the garage a few year ago. It, too, will be reinstated. The two small windows light the powder room.



10 Responses to Puttering Along

  1. It is such a delight to hear you say “which I found”, and know that your missing pieces not only will be returned to their proper place but the fact that you have them at all! That is beyond wonderful and astounding to boot!

  2. It is astonishing that several iterations of owners so revered the beauty and craftmenship of this house that they squirreled away broken or removed pieces of it until the day they could be put back (either that or you have house elves!!)

  3. I thoroughly enjoy living vicariously through your blog.
    You do all the things I lack the skill and patience to do.
    I am humbled.

  4. The last picture shows a lost work of art. Such a perfect balance. The house loves you as much as you love the house. You amaze me with each post. I check on ya’ll everyday. And I sure hope you move in sometime soon.

  5. I have the same textured glass in two transoms in my 1870 house. Some doofus painted both of them. Did they not realize how difficult it would be for someone else to remove the paint?

  6. I really enjoy these type of posts; there is something satisfying in seeing such small details restored correctly. I also admire that the builder insisted on putting TWO small windows in the powder room, instead of one larger one; it really makes the wall look grand instead of ordinary. I look at your house, and mine, and many others from that era, and then I look at the “high end” houses that are being put up today, and I can’t understand how style and craftsmanship have suffered such a decline at the same time as technology has made so many advances. With the skills and tools available today to even an amateur like me, there is no reason why we should not be building architectural masterpieces instead of vinyl/cardboard boxes…

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