The Cross House
Recently, a reader, Aaron, wrote in about his excitement in getting his radiator system up and running.
A short while later he sent a few images of his house.
My eyes bugged out.
Yours will, too.
Wanna see? Scroll down…
When the Cross House was built it cost $18,000. This seems laughable today but, in 1894 context, that was a lot. One could buy a more normal-sized house with mantels and stained-glass and a gorgeous staircase for less than $5,000 (most houses in America were less than $5,000 at the time). However, across the street from the Cross House is the Plumb House, and it cost quite a bit more as most everything in it was custom (the Cross House is filled with catalog items like the mantels and doors and trim). And in place like New York City and Chicago, limestone mansions could cost $100,000 and up, excluding land.
Aaron’s house, when built, would have have quite a bit higher to build, per square foot, than the Cross House. The brick exterior, slate roof, and roof edging all speak of a greater expense. Aaron’s stair is considerably more lavish than what I have.
So, I am looking forward with considerable excitement to visiting Aaron! And I will return with plenty of images (with Aaron’s permission, of course).