Victoria! MY HERO!


The infamous draperies.


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.

I gapsed!

“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.

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.



  1. Brian on July 15, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Hey, that’s one of the houses Bailey and I were looking at! Sadly, we never got much further with it than looking around the outside and inside a couple of windows. You’ll have to show us the pictures on Thursday; she really liked the way this one looked and when I tell her you’ve got pictures I bet she won’t be able to wait until you can write a post on it!

  2. Victoria on July 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I’m very glad that I could be of help to the whole cause! And I was even more overjoyed that I was able to give you a tour of 314, just wish the master key would have worked on my old house. Send me an email if you want to get in touch with my family about any of those 3 houses! We own more around town, as well.(though I’m sad to say none are as exciting as those two)

    • Ross on July 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      I previously sent you an email. Did you get it?

      • Victoria on July 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm


      • Victoria on July 15, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        Strike that. I just looked and had one from today!

  3. rhiannonrises on July 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    What a fun coincidence! Kudos to Victoria.

    I *love* those petite mansions! We call them “little big-houses”. There’s a whole neighborhood of them at the end of my street back home. I believe it’s where the maids for the big houses would live, as opposed to living in the house they worked in. An odd set-up for sure, but it makes for a really cool neighborhood.

  4. Barb Sanford on July 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Ross: Do you still need more panels? I would be happy to check the neighboring Walmarts in my area if more are still needed.

    • Ross on July 31, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Hi Barb!

      Thanks for the offer but I am good to go now, thanks to everybody!!!!!

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