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.
And this realization got me to thinking: what if I recreated the lost NW porch?
But what did it look like?
So, problem solved!
And I even have stone for the base!
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?
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?
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…
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:
- 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.
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.