Today I started on the area just above the porch roof. My focus was the elaborate tin panels between the triple-arched windows.



Previously, I wrote about how the decorative stamped tin on the house has old alligatored paint. Which I feel compelled to remove. C O M P E L L E D.



To do this work, I need to get into a full Tyvek suit, quality half-face respirator, and tight safety goggles. Then I grind away.


Because the Tyvek suit does not breathe, in this heat I am drenched in sweat when finished. I peel the suit off, and my clothes look like I just jumped into a swimming pool.


I can only do such work for an hour or so, and my brain is fried when finished. It is terrible work yet I do not mind, really.

For, the results thrill me.






  1. Carole Sukosd on July 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Your devotion to historical restoration is inspiring ! I am awe struck at all the features of the Cross House. Each room /space is a passing design that you bring back to life. Thank you for sharing this experience with all of us!

  2. Merryl McRae on July 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Ross, I have an architect’s drawing (1893) of the front elevation for the Cross House. Would you like it?

    • Ross on July 2, 2016 at 10:21 am


  3. Martha on July 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Ross, why did they create the cornices and panels in tin? I thought they were in wood from a distance.

    • Ross on July 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Carved wood would have been MUCH more expensive than tin stamped from molds.

      And wood would not have lasted 123-years!

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