Reversing Time

The north facade of the Cross House. See the big gable?


The paired windows of the big gable. See the squared upper sashes? These were no longer present when I purchased the house, and I did not know if they had ever been installed. Until…


…this image was forwarded to me. This is the third floor, when the house was used by a fraternity in the 1960s. See the upper sashes? ZOUNDS! Well, there was now NO question that I would have the lost squares recreated. And, a year later…





In a week or so the lower sashes will be restored, then all four sashes will be reinstalled in the big gable, and time will have…reversed.





  1. Seth Hoffman on April 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm


    You may have posted details in the past, but I forget, did you need to have the entire sashes reproduced, or just the muntins?

    • Ross on April 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      The upper sashes were original, and it was obvious where the muntins had been knocked out.

      I sent the sashes off to the mysterious sash guy (we have never met) with instructions to recreate the missing muntins.

      Instead…he made all new sashes.


      I could have refused them but I have not found anybody else who will do such work.


  2. Sandra Lee on April 20, 2017 at 3:41 am

    How exciting the sashes are redone! With each new addition and the installation of restored stained glass, window sashes, and any other area it is so heartening to see your eye for detail & your aesthetic. Cross House looked so lovely.

    Are you still committed to combo electric/gas lamps?? With the eclectic might not the lighting also be eclectic? All those beautiful fixtures you restore….

    Carry on with your wonderful work!!

  3. Gabi on April 20, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Never mind the windows – look at all the cute boys. Wait, I’m a 66 year old lady. I forget sometimes. lol

  4. Shelley S on April 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    This is soooooo exciting!

  5. Sharon Megee on April 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    My grandmother was the cook for that fraternity!

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