The 1894 Cross House had a carriage house/barn on the adjacent south lot.
Circa-1920, the structure was sold off, and moved forward on the lot a bit; the north “barn” was severed, rotated, and became the east wing of the renovated structure.
The 1894 carriage house when I purchased the Cross House property in 2014.
And…soon after. The L-shaped porch was part of the circa-1920 conversion and it was in a state of total collapse. It had to be taken down.
With the porch gone, it was obvious that the turret had originally just “floated”. Which is what a turret does, of course.
The underbelly is finished with painted wood. And there is no evidence that there were any brackets under the turret.
In 2017, research proved that ALL the second-floor dormers were part of the circa-1920s conversion. Thus, ONLY the turret is from 1894. Which means…
…that my carriage house originally looked kinda sorta somewhat like this originally: a huge roof pierced by a turret. And under my turret it appears that there may have been a sliding barn door. (Mike found this image. Thanks, Mike!)
My carriage house/barn as built (the barn is to the right). In a previous post, I wrote about how there had been a porch in the NW corner (circled).
The NW corner today.
And this realization got me to thinking: what if I recreated the lost NW porch?
But what did it look like?
A block away sits the home of architect Charles Squires, who also designed the Cross House and its carriage house. What if I used his porch as inspiration?
To recreate my lost NW porch, I could build a stone base at the outside corner (matching the stone bases on the main porch of the Cross House), and top it with two columns (just as with the Cross House). Above the columns, I could recreate the shingled parapet wall as shown here, which would perfectly…
…tie into my existing second-floor shingles. Such a porch would then allow use of the door in the turret. (I have no idea if that door opening is 1894, or circa-1920.)
So, problem solved!
And I even have stone for the base!
This center base is not original. I will be removing it this year.
And this protrusion of stone between the two bases? Not original, and it will also be removed, allowing the two single column bases to stand alone again. I can’t wait!
Of course, the lost porch could have looked VERY different. But, without any photographic evidence, I have nothing to go on.
Or is this assumption incorrect?
This is the only image I have of the “barn” which was the north wing of the carriage house (I have no images of the latter). I love the huge ventilator! Now, I also want you to…
…see this. That sure looks like a hipped roof over…something. Something like…
Well, this got me to thinking.
What Squires did with that bay, it seems, was to bring the angle of the roofline down over the bay.
And, the Sanborn map drawing showing the lost NW porch?
The “1” means 1-story. But what did the + mean. Well, Alex figured that out! Thanks, Alex! The + symbol means a wood shingled roof.
OK. This tiny bit of information just blows me away. For, that means that the missing NW porch did not have a deck above, but rather it was a wood shingled roof.
In short, kinda like the bay…
…on the “barn”.
So, I now know two things:
- There was 1-story porch in NW corner.
- It had a wood shingled roof.
If you put these two together, this is a potential result:
And this is blowing my mind, man! By tucking the roof under the eaves, an awkward intersection with the dormer is avoided, and an even more awkward intersection with the main roof to the left.
- I could build such a roofline.
- The circa-1920 dormer could stay.
- The turret door would go.
- I could build a stone base in the outside corner…
- …and top it with paired columns matching the big house.
- The circa-1920 entry under the turret would be removed…
- …and a new entry installed where the small north window is.
- The small window would be relocated to under the turret.
Thus, the new porch would be the new entry.
And this would be the view every time one stepped out of the carriage house (image taken through dirty small north window). And one would also see the paired columns of the new porch, perfectly complementing the paired columns on the Cross House porte-cochère across the lawn.
This week, I did a post regretting how I have handled the carriage house, and expressed, too, my discomfort in letting the poor thing sit basically abandoned going on six years now.
But now? I am kinda glad I just stopped working on it for I have learned an incredible amount of information these past years, and can do a much better job at completing the main facade.