The front porch, yesterday. Note the GORGEOUS 1894 columns to the left, but plain ol’ 6×6 posts to the right.
The front porch, today. Note that the 6×6 post have departed (in place since 1999), and have been replaced by 4×4 posts on jacks. Hi Scott!
A pair of reconstructed 1894 columns, patiently waiting in the vestibule, to be — obviously — invited inside for tea.
Original 1894 columns, partially reconstructed, being returned to the front porch after many decades. NOTE: the porch ceiling has not been painted yet.
And now — drum roll, please — may I present all four center columns being returned to the front porch after many decades absence (scroll way down):
Wow! Zounds! I tear up! I gasp! I stand back in abject wonder!
This sight, more than any regarding the restoration of the Cross House, is the one I have most anticipated, and been the most excited about. The center columns are back! The center columns are back! The center columns are back!
I…am…agog. The dark parts of the columns are the 1894 originals. The lights parts are new. The capitals on the left two columns are original; the capitals on the right pair are new, and made of resin (cast from moulds).
Again, the Before.
The WAY before: 1895. Slowly but surely all this is being resurrected.