The Cross House

The NE Corner. Some Shingling.

Today, I pulled off numerous damaged 1894 shingles…


…and installed replacements. The dark shingles are 1894 shingles, just turned over.


And over a bit, I pulled off damaged shingles next to the round window.


The replacement shingles are from two bundles I purchased at auction twenty years ago! It is amazing, at long last, to find a use for the purchase!




8 Responses to The NE Corner. Some Shingling.

  1. You knew those shingles would come in hand some day didn’t you. You would have gotten on really well with my Dad!

  2. The universe told you 20 years ago to buy them. It all happens for a reason. Sometimes we see it, and sometimes we don’t. Great work! So exciting to be saving such a gem. The house thanks you.

  3. Good idea, turning the old shingles backwards. Those old cedar shingles last forever. Looks good, can’t wait to see the finished result.

  4. Regarding the bundle of shingles you bought so long ago–

    When I was in college, I used to frequent a junk subdivision: a group of five houses that a family had built around an open area, all of which were then filled to the ceilings with junk. (They also had a barn and a big equipment shed full of junk.) In early 1977, I was digging around in one of the houses and found a seven-bulb Art Deco ceiling fixture with all of its glass intact. (You would know better than I what type of glass it is.)

    I kept that thing until we built our house in 2010. It now hangs over our dining room table.

    I had to have it rewired, and it had no finish to restore (which is a shame, as its original finish might have had an iridescent effect), so I painted it with one of the many metallic gold auto paints available for small projects. The result might well give you the fantods, but it is a lovely thing, and I’m glad to be using it after it sat around for over thirty years.

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