The Great Column Adventure! Part 5.

Today’s post is not much of an adventure.

But it is an update!



January 24, 2015


You see the four limestone plinths?

If the left is ONE, and the right is FOUR:


The paired columns were installed this week. The columns were badly rotted and required significant restoration. The capitals are new, and made from resin.


This pair has managed, somehow, to remain in place and in fine condition for 120-years. A miracle.


One column remained. It has been taken down so I can consolidate the bottom. Then it will return, along with a resurrected column with another new resin capital.


One column remains. It also needs to come down for a bit-o-consolidation. Then it will return (with a new base), along with a resurrected column with a new resin capital.



See the beam between TWO and THREE? We had to rebuild that. Got it primed today (62 degree weather in January!!!!!!!).

The downspout to the left is temporary. It will soon be removed.

The large window sash has not yet been painted black. Nor the sashes to its right.

After THREE and FOUR plinths receive their resurrected columns, the focus will shift to resurrecting the porch railings (whoee!), and then later the porch lattice (whoee!).



  1. Shawn on January 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Ross, It is amazing how gorgeous the porch already is and how unbelievably gorgeous it will be!! I would be giggling like a little kid if that was my porch every time I looked at it. 🙂

    I also love, love, love the original house colors…just made all the difference.

    Hoping you’re having a great day at The Cross House!

  2. Ross on January 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Shawn!!!!!

  3. David Wallis on November 27, 2016 at 5:15 am

    You are lucky to have those gorgeous stone plinths to work with. Many Victorian porches had very little foundation and literally rotted off the house.

  4. Dorothee on March 12, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Those limestone things are like clones of each other – the stones of 3 & 4 literally repeat themselves. Looks like the masons were pretty sensible, they repeatedly cut pieces they knew would fit together in that shape. That is experienced craftsmanship.

  5. Liz on August 8, 2019 at 3:10 am

    I know I’m late to the party, but am enjoying these column/porch updates! Wonderful attention to wonderful details! I’m learning so much.

    Curious about the floor of the porch. You probably talk about it at some point, but just in case not, I wonder what it’s condition was and what repairs it required. I noticed in one picture of the newly restored columns (so pretty!) on either side of the entry steps that it had pulled up on the left side.

    P.S. The original paint colors are amazing! I would never have chosen them on my own, but they are perfect!

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