Wanna Meet the South Facade?
Before I formally introduce the unrestored south facade of the Cross House, I thought you might enjoy a quick revisit of the restored west and north facades, and the partially restored east facade.
The west facade, when I purchased the house, March 2014.
The west facade, today. All the images enlarge if you click them.
The north facade, 2014. (This image does not enlarge.)
The north facade, 2015.
The north facade, today.
The east facade, 2014.
And today. I was hoping to finish this but the timing of the 2017 Heritage grant requires that I move over to the south facade. So, the east side will get done…last. However, all the first-floor windows are restored, as is the second-floor window to the right, and the dormer windows. Note also the new roof shingles on the extension.
Now, are you sitting down?
Do you have a glass of wine on hand?
For…prepare to be TERRIFIED!
The unrestored south facade. I have not touched it since buying the house.
NOT scary, left. VERY scary, right.
Gleaming, left. Depressing, right.
I will be ecstatic to have new paint fully wrap around the curved cornice. The stone column in the middle is not original. I am LIVING for its departure.
A dramatic left/right contrast.
There should be TWO columns on the stone base. Not one column and a 2×6.
See the two 6×6 posts? Those will be columns again when I am done. See the protruding stone? That is not original and I am LIVING for its departure. The main porch has paired columns everywhere BUT in this location where there was, and will be, two separate columns on two separate stone bases.
All the shingles on the second floor will be removed. I estimate that 50% can be reused. The window sashes, and stained-glass, are already restored.
The porte-cochère is one of the beauties of the house although that is hard to appreciate now. Note the very sad columns.
The siding under the porte-cochère is in excellent condition. Unlike ALL the remaining siding on the south facade. The glass storm door broke recently. It will be gone soon in any event.
The previous owner removed most of the old paint on the headboard ceiling. Thank goodness. The area of remaining paint is the original.
The Tyvek part was rebuilt in 2014. The extension to the right is the servants hall. Its siding APPEARS in good condition. It is not. Under the window, the siding is hiding massive termite damage to all the sheathing, structural 2×6 framing, and sill. In short, EVERYTHING below the window on the right will be replaced.
Currently, all the shingles are being removed on the second floor. The large window (upper, right) has been remove for restoration. There is considerable damage to the diagonal sheathing.
Luckily, the THIRD floor appears to be in good condition.
The restoration of the south facade is all part of the 2017 Heritage Trust Fund grant. Without this grant, and the 2015 Heritage grant, I would never have been able to do all the work accomplished to date, or undertake the work which will consume the rest of 2018 and much of 2019.
Kansas is the only state I know which offers outright grants to qualified properties. So, while Kansas is famously conservative in most areas, it is stunningly progressive in