Putting Bits Back. Joyfully.

The new shingles are now tucked under the huge curved cornice. The last row will sit atop the bottom edge of the cornice.


The left side of the cornice suffered damage from a 1999 fire, and the decorative swirls were lost. Behind the cornice was burned wood, which I replaced. Were the missing swirls in the basement????????


Maybe! I hauled the Magic Box-0-Bits up to the scaffolding and…


…gadzooks! The missing bits are back!


Squee!!!!!!!! Few things give me greater pleasure than being able put lost bits back!


I still have to attach the bits properly, and some judicious caulking will make everything look as it did when new!





  1. Architectural Observer on May 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    The amount of labor and love you’ve invested in this obscure corner of the house is evident. Bravo – it’s all beautiful!

  2. Cindi M on May 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Wonderful! Ross, I am in awe of your vision and persistence.

  3. B. Davis on May 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    That basement and other hiding places amaze me!!!!!
    I may have to make a trek out this fall to see all your improvements from last time!

    You’re so awesome! A true labour of love!!!!

  4. Barb Sanford on May 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me that so many missing bits are in the Cross House basement, waiting to be returned to their rightful places — and how much care you take making them look like they were never missing at all. So happy for all the previous owners or tenants who took care not to lose the bits — and Ross, for putting them all back.

  5. Dan Goodall-Williams on May 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful! Such satisfaction knowing that the bits are back. You must sleep well knowing that these things are returned to their rightful places. I can’t wait to see it all done! It’s going to be glorious!

  6. aBell on May 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm


  7. Cindy Belanger on May 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Amazing, thank goodness for the Magic Box-o-Bits. And thank goodness for Ross putting them all back together.

  8. Seth Hoffman on May 9, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Once again, I am astonished at how many of the “missing” pieces were saved and preserved for you to reinstall later!

    How is the scrollwork attached to the cornice?

  9. Nancy from Georgia on May 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    How are they attached? They are metal, correct? I’m so glad you found them! Hooray for preservation!!

  10. lisa roberts on December 14, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Of all the amazing things about the Cross house – the saved bits are the most amazing. Someone started it and others followed along. I have never heard or seen such a thing of saving – just about everything. It’s mind boggling but real. I have to believe that somehow it was all being saved for you – Ross, the restorer

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