I recently did a post about adding a structural beam to the foyer/stairhall of the Cross House.
This post will not make much sense without reading the previous post.
UPDATE: The installation of the new beam is moving along!
Where the new beam is. The beam should, should, SHOULD have been in place 122-years ago. West is to the left. The closet with the curved wall is the telephone closet, an original feature. An original WAY COOL feature, baby! (NOTE: The drawing is not labeled correctly. The PARLOR is the RECEIVING ROOM. The GREAT ROOM is the ENTRY/STAIRHALL.)
Looking west to the front entry. I love this image. For, when this area is done and gorgeous it will be fun to look at this image and go: EEK! I DID WHAT???????? The beam is at the top of the image, supported by several temporary columns. I also love this image because, no matter the damage & destruction, the space is SO friggin’ beautiful. Would you agree?
The Beam dies into the curved wall of the telephone closet.
And its end sits on a new steel column.
I give myself big pat on my back for assuring that the steel column, rather brilliantly, sits INSIDE the curved wall, and atop the foundation. The column was inserted without removing any of the curved trim (Amy will read this in deep appreciation), and I give Justin a huge pat on his back for successfully accomplishing this. Between the base molding and reeded trim board above, is Lincrustra, long missing in this area but — praise the Lord — found stored in the basement. To the right is a cast-iron waste line dating from 1929. I look forward, greatly, to its departure.
Just for fun I am adding this image: the stained-glass window inside the curved telephone closet! I cannot express enough my yearning to, eventually, make a land-line call from the fully restored 1894 telephone closet of the Cross House! But the BIG question will be: who should I call first????????