The Cross House

The Third-Floor Windows Are Done!

The sashes in the EAST third-floor dormer are restored!


The sashes in the NORTH third-floor small gable, and large gable, and tower, are restored! 


The sashes in the WEST third-floor tower, dormer, and octagon are restored!


On the SOUTH third-floor, the original triple sashes were replaced by a door (to a fire escape) with pieces of plain glass to each side. 


And, what was lost.


I have fragments of one of the lost south windows and I go back/forth about what to do. Should I recreate the lost triple set? By doing so, I would lose the door and the Juliet balcony, which are nice features. And I am loathe to lose these features. My current plan is to leave in place the door and the adjacent plain pieces of glass. And, who knows, a decade from now I might reinstate the lost triple windows. Or, a later owner could do that. Or not.

The restoration of the third-floor sashes, save the south side, are part of the 2017 Heritage Trust Grant, and I am thrilled they are all done and gorgeous and glittering in the sun!!!!!!!!



15 Responses to The Third-Floor Windows Are Done!

  1. I agree with Sandra. I know you want the house to be original, but I dont think that it’s a big deal to leave as is. Especially si c you like it that way. It is your house after all.
    I do love seeing the outside! It is just stunning!

  2. I love seeing the outside of the house as well. So beautiful! I was wondering, since the door and windows are not original, if it would be possible to have a door made to look like the original windows but still be a door so you keep the balcony and can get to it? Didn’t you do something like that with the interior entrance to the round balcony below?

  3. When I think that the rest of the house used to look like that poor south side, it reminds me how far you’ve come with the restoration. The house is looking SO GOOD!

    I’ve had the privilege of standing in the windows by the Juliet balcony (I haven’t been on the balcony itself). It’s lovely up there. I like the idea of retaining the door so you can stand there and bask in in the view, which eventually will include your landscaped yard and the restored carriage house. Imagine standing there with a glass of wine in hand. Sip. Enjoy. Ahhhhhhh.

  4. I am a firm believer that many changes made to houses over the years are an improvement. Especially if they add to the interior/exterior porch spaces, like the second floor balcony over the port cochere and in this case the third floor balcony.

    However, I can see from the other facades that a regular window treatment is the “rule” for the third floor design.

    For this reason, I think you should keep the balcony and door, but remake the door and windows so they are all 3 the same width, like in the original design.

    This would allow restoring two sashes as well. It might be a lot of work to do this, though…

    • Hello, A.H!

      In my experience, changes are normally a detriment to an old house!

      Also, the porch over my porte-cochère had been turned into a closet for many decades. I restored it to an open porch again. MUCH better!

      • I kinda second this guy’s opinion. It would be neat to leave it there, but maybe give it the window treatment similar to its original state. I absolutley adore this site and it’s been my inspiration and dreamland for some time. Your dedication makes my dreams totally valid, thanks.

    • I vote for the remake of the door/windows to be the same width, if possible. Perhaps recreate the two end windows as original, and leave the middle as a door?

      • The problem with a narrow door is that it will not pass fire regulations.

        And in order to rent out the third floor I will need to provide a second means of egress.

        My plan was to attach a rolled-up ladder to the Juliet balcony. Assuming the fire department approves!

  5. Perhaps you could keep the balcony and door but find a more elegant way to execute it? I know if you were to make the door and windows equal sizes the door would be too narrow, but perhaps you could make it two equally sized windows onneither side of the door? Perhaps you could even incorporate the lovely mullions into the upper sashes? Though I would imagine none of this is a priority, it doesn’t look that bad as it is.

  6. Incorporate two or even the three windows into a single folding accordion door. It would be wide enough to pass code and could exactly duplicate the look of three windows. Either, two could be folded to the side, leaving a stationary window or, three would open the entire wall.

    I think two windows folding to the side with one stationary would be a bit more stable and probably easier to fabricate. It might also be more in keeping with the charm of what looks to be a fairly intimate space.

    Might be tricky and would certainly require some research & engineering. You’d want to work with a custom door/window company or most likely an enthusiastic, creative carpenter.
    Justin idea.
    Uh, I mean just an idea. 😉

    • This sounds like a really good idea. And in taking a closer look at the “What it was” photo I realized the door got its width from the left hand window. The whole balcony is off center and asymmetric. That is definitely wrong. If a door is needed for safety reasons, and those are good reasons, it should at the very least be visually balanced.

  7. I agree that you should keep the Juliet. It’s a change that didn’t mar the aesthetic, is an improvement and probably should have been part of the original design.

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