The Carl Chronicles


My friend Carl lives in this spectacular house in Wichita, built in 1909. I know, geez.


I first saw the house two years ago and it is a knock-out inside, as would be predicted.

But the kitchen?

I shrieked upon first stepping into the circa-1980 horror.

“Carl! How have you lived with this for four years? I would have torn this out during the first month!”

Carl sighed. “Yea, it’s really bad.”

And every time I am in Carl’s house I nag him about the kitchen.

“My eyes! My eyes!”

I like to think that I influenced Carl in finally tackling The Horror because a few weeks ago he tore out the kitchen! But perhaps I had nothing to do with this.

Today, I was at the Cross House working on the niche, while talking with Carl on the phone about our recent trip to St. Joseph. After a while I asked Carl: “What is all that noise?”

“Oh, you can hear that? I am tearing out the carpeting on the servant’s stair.”

Ahhh. I approve.


The carpeting. And under?


A old heating grate and FABULOUS circa-1930 linoleum!


Carpet be gone! And doggie approves!


Under the carpet was near-pristine wood. I am quite jealous.

Gee. My work today was not nearly so exciting.



  1. Cindy Abernathy on June 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Ross!I’m so glad your Ok! I was beginning to worry! Carl is a lucky man to live in such a gorgeous home. I love the linoleum! Yep he’s a lucky man. Mostly because he has you for a friend!

  2. Karen Spencer on June 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I want to move to Kansas! Which we in New York truly believe is the gateway to Oz. Pretty darn gorgeous there! Kansas and Oz, both.

  3. Dan Goodall-Williams on June 3, 2018 at 7:28 am

    With old houses you just never know what you will find. Carl’s house is a dream. I LOVE the upper porch. Think he would allow you to post pictures of this beauty? Who knew Kansas has so many old mansions!

  4. Carl on June 3, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Thanks Dan. I will have pics avalible for Ross to post at some point after I get a little further along with the restoration. So far some carpet and wallpaper removal is as far as I’ve gotten.

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