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?
This is the Cross House front porch when brand new. What lighted it? Image: Walter Anderson Collection ESU Archives.
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.
If there was a ceiling porch fixture, would it have looked sorta kinda somewhat like this gas/electric combination pendant? If so, what kept the gas flame from blowing out during high winds?
Circa-1955. The house was now the Palace Motel (New & Modern!). Note the front porch. See the thin horizontal white lines between the column tops? I think those are neon tubes. Image: Mouse family archives.
Are those neon tubes???????
Circa-1970? You can see that there were no sconces. And the presumed neon tubes are gone. There appears to be some sort of ceiling fixture although it would certainly not be original. Multiple mail boxes are on the wall to the right of the doors (the house was now divided into many apartments).
2016, yesterday. Currently, there are a pair of sconces on each side of the entry doors. The previous owner installed the electrical boxes. I purchased a pair of circa-1910 cast-iron fixtures but only installed one. I knew it was not quite right, and was reluctant to proceed with installing the matching fixture. So, this is how things have remained. Yesterday though, I removed the sconce. I also removed the electrical box to the left. I could fill in the hole through the siding but it will always look like a repair, so I will replace the damaged siding. I will also remove the box on the right, as well as the curious electrical boxes above. This damaged siding will also get replaced and painted. Thus, the walls to each side of the entry doors will, once again, be sconce-less, as they originally were. Only the bronze historical plaque will remain.
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!