Wanna Meet My Arches?

Recently, Bo asked about the arches in the Cross House.

There are three.

And they not quite as they appear.

All the arches are in the expansive entry/stairhall.



Looking into the Receiving Room. The arch is “held” aloft by oak columns. Delicious oak columns and capitals.



The stairwell niche. The door leads to the north entrance. The triple stained-glass windows are restored, and are waiting to be reinstalled. The telephone closet is opposite the north entrance door. Oh, and more delicious column columns/capitals.



From the stairwell to the rear hall. Alas, no delicious columns or capitals.



While the first two images indicate oak arches, they are actually plaster with a faux wood finish. Yep, my arches are imposteurs!



The bottoms of all three arches have a faux wood finish and are edged in strips of Lincrustra. This edging also tops the Lincrustra wainscoting featured in the entry/stairhall, Receiving Room, and Dining Room.


The arches (and columns) are diminished by heavy alligatoring. This will be removed. And at some point I will bring in a faux artist to restore areas of loss on the arches (and for many other faux projects).

So, Bo, I am pleased to formally present my arches.

They are delighted to meet your acquaintance.



  1. Bo on November 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm


    Is that a bell box near the ceiling of the stairwell arch?

    • Ross on November 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      That is the ringer for the phone in the telephone closet. It appears to be original, and I did a post on it.

      It was certainly not in this location though!

      I plan to have it restored, and back in service.

  2. Tony on November 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Are you cutting out a door way in the hallway?

  3. Seth Hoffman on December 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

    The faux-grained plaster is very cool! And the lincrusta edging really tops it off!

    I wonder where the craftspeople who did that specialty work were from? Perhaps a larger nearby city with enough steady work to keep a specialist like that employed, or did a local plasterer/painter/trim carpenter develop a wide range of skills for the work? As I do nearly all of my own renovation work, I realize how inefficient it is to be a jack-of-all-trades, but half the fun is learning new skills.

  4. Miriam Righter on March 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    My pre-1900 Victorian house in Wellman Iowa has the faux wood grain painted on to all the wood door and window trim! Where it is chipped, light color shows through. And no one ever painted over it! Even the doors are faux painted. But it is not in good shape. Some day I hope to find someone who can touch it up. The paint has also aged to an orangish shade that is not the original color- one of the pocket doors that apparently was not closed much is a much browner shade.

  5. Lori on December 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Ok Ross…. Now that I really see your windows I got to change my mind on those drapery ideas I left under the sewing log

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