In the past few months I discovered that the Cross House was lighted by gas/electric combination fixtures throughout.
This means that the 1894 house may have been the first in Emporia, or one of the first, to have electric lighting.
This is all way cool.
But, what lighted the front porch?
The stained glass panel above the double entry doors lighted up (and still does). But this would not have offered much light onto the porch.
I am assuming that there was a fixture attached to the wood ceiling of the porch. Would this have been gas/electric? Or gas? Or electric?
Soon, the shingle roofing on the porch is going to be torn off. When the wood sheathing is exposed, I am going to cut a hole into the sheathing, so I can crawl into the attic of the porch. If there was gas/electric porch lighting, the evidence should still be evident: a gas pipe, and adjacent knob and tube wiring.
I am eager for this exploration.
With the sconces removed, the porch is going to be dark at night, although the stained-glass panel will really pop!
I still assume there was a ceiling fixture, and am hoping The Exploration will reveal some answers.
I am also hoping that readers might know some answers!