The Cross House
A few months ago Meg asked about the servant’s stair in the Cross House.
The stair serves all four levels of the house, and is my primary up/down route.
The previous owner gutted the stair as he planned to install an elevator. While I am grieved at the loss of all the original plaster I am grateful that an elevator was never installed. I love the servant’s stair.
Each section of stair is U-shaped. You go up half a flight, sweep around a landing, and go up another half flight. I plan to install U-shaped railings which will make running up/down rather a thrill!
The stairs are now painted gray. Were they originally? Or were they varnished? I will have this tested to confirm the original finish, and will recreate the results. Same for the remaining plaster and trim.
I plan to install very simple gas/electric pendants on the ceilings of the landings. The last U, from the second floor to the third, will receive gas/electric sconces as the landing ceiling is too low. Same for the first floor to basement. There is no longer any evidence as to where the original lighting was, and none is shown on the original drawings. Big sigh.