The Cross House
I have done numerous posts about the extraordinary difficulty in finding enough drapery panels to furnish the library of the Cross House.
This task, made absurdly difficult by Walmart, has been largely accomplished through the efforts of people reading this blog. Amazing.
Then, last week, Victoria came by the Cross House with FOUR MORE PANELS!
Now, I do not know Victoria, who lives in Wichita. We had never met previously. So when she showed up on the front porch of the Cross House I asked: “Why did you make such an effort to find these panels and bring them to me?”
Victoria replied: “I grew up in Emporia and always loved this house. It makes me happy that I can contribute to its restoration.”
I did not expect that Victoria would be SO young! Like Brian and Bailey. And it thrills me that VYP (very young people) think that VOH (very old houses) have merit. So, because of VYP, there be hope for VOH.
Well, I gave Victoria the grand tour, and as we were finishing I mentioned a cool petite house on the opposite end of the block from the Cross House.
“Oh, my family owns that house,” Victoria replied.
“And we own the two adjacent houses.”
A gasp again!
The petite house was, I am certain, designed by Charles Squires, who designed the Cross House.
The petite house looks like a mansion in miniature. Pretty cool. It is RIGHT on the alley, and sits behind another, older house. I would love to know the story.
Victoria and I walked over to the petite house (in the blistering heat. Blistering!), and she calmly asked: “Would you like to see the inside?”
You might imagine my response.
I will soon be doing a post on the petite house.
So, not only did curtains arrive as if my magic, but an unexpected tour was offered, also magically. And fewer things thrill me than touring VOH.
Ross was a happy man.