The Cross House
I am a bit obsessed (small voice in my head: a bit?) with restoring all the missing pieces (columns, balustrades, and lattice) to the 1894 Cross House main porch.
As stated previously, it is quite rare to have an 1894 porch last into 2015. Even with all the damage to my porch, the fact that so much remains seems a miracle to me. And what is missing can be replicated. Accurately.
I have zero desire to change the porch. Horrors! Nor do I have any desire to, well, just make the whole process easier and cheaper by having the missing bits be simplified. Indeed, the idea is anathema to me.
Well, just now I came cross two images. These images are a testament to all I do NOT want to do.
The second image makes me very very very sad. I apologize in advance if you respond the same way.
To me, there is something deeply wrong with our country when no expense is spared attacking other countries, yet when it comes to protecting our architectural heritage scant monies, if any, are available.
This just ain’t right.
The house is currently for sale. It can be seen on the fabulous Old House Dreams.
I found the following on the Internet. I cannot testify as to its accuracy:
The house had been successfully run as the Overlook Mansion Inn at the end of the last century. Then with financial troubles it was auctioned off in 2002.
What happened after was nothing more than a rape of the property with parts and pieces sold off on places like eBay. Ceiling murals, brass fixtures, woodwork, etc., were stripped and sold.
The owner, after having made a tidy return, then let the place go to rot. It was auctioned by the city for a winning bid of just $50,001 in 2009.
As such, the current owners need to be commended for bringing this grand mansion back to life.