Restore the 1894 Cross House!

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Raised by 110 people in 34 months
My name is Ross, and I am restoring the 1894 Cross House in Emporia, Kansas.

You can follow the adventure on my blog:

www.restoringRoss.com

The exterior of the highly visible house has not been fully painted in at least sixty years! The home, once a jewel of Emporia, has looked shabby for decades.

In 2014, the process of restoring the fabulous original colors to the exterior began (two tones of olive, with crisp black window sashes), and the results are astonishing! The main facade is now completed and the before/after takes your breath away! 

http://restoringross.com/visual-timeline/

The Cross House is HUGE (almost 9,000 square feet on four floors), and painting the exterior is daunting. The process begins with going down to bare wood. The completed work looks as crisp as it did in 1894!

While the main facade is now painted, there are still three more towering facades to paint!

http://restoringross.com/a-tale-of-four-facades/

By asking for help with this monumental job, a project which might take me a decade to finish could be completed in 2017. The results will be glorious, and can help transform a whole neighborhood.

I deeply believe that our historic architectural heritage matters, and I invite your help in making the Cross House a jewel once again!

All the work will be posted on the blog, so even if you do not live nearby you can participate and enjoy the process of seeing this grand home come alive!
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Noah Chambers
21 months ago

So cool I have watched the process congrats thanks for making a improvement in Emporia

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Chasity Chambers
21 months ago

So cool your doing this when I was a little girl my dad lived inside the home I was on love

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Ivona Lisecki
25 months ago

"The structural preservation has been the priority so far, and many other fundamental projects are underway. “Until you fix the big the problems, it won’t be right,” MacTaggart said. “It’s expensive, it takes time, but when it’s done you won’t even know what we did. And the house will be right.” http://www.emporiagazette.com/area/news/article_b5a08088-3d01-5cde-91d3-c128fa94497b.html

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Raised by 110 people in 34 months
Created February 20, 2016
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Anonymous
21 days ago
LS
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Lisa Sesler
21 days ago

Love your blog and can’t wait for the day you and the kitties move in.

ED
$20
Emily Dupree
27 days ago

I admire your work so much, and would love to help with the cat fence. The story about Mabel touched me. I'm so glad you could bring her the peace of knowing her stray cat was being cared for.

KC
$25
Kelly C
1 month ago

I love your blog. Thank you for the hours of reading pleasure. I have learned so much from you and the people that comment.

SP
$25
Sherry Parnell
1 month ago

Fence for the kitties! All of you need to live at the Cross House.

SA
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Sarah attwood
1 month ago

first off, I love your blog, the house, the cats, and I relate to your general outlook! It's motivating to see you knock down these home-restoration obstacles one by one. I look forward to your posts (about lighting too) and I feel like you deserve my little bit o cash!

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ZEE NOBLES
1 month ago

I am a dog person, but I so admire your work on the Cross House, I want to see you living there. Enjoy your posts so much - not so much the political ones. Best wishes

GA
$50
Gail Allison
1 month ago

Fence for the kitties! I look forward to the day you can make the Cross House your home.

RG
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Rhonda Gildersleeve
1 month ago

Looking forward to this part of your Cross House plan come to fruition and can’t wait for the “Kitties Invade the Cross House” post!

$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
Noah Chambers
21 months ago

So cool I have watched the process congrats thanks for making a improvement in Emporia

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Chasity Chambers
21 months ago

So cool your doing this when I was a little girl my dad lived inside the home I was on love

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Ivona Lisecki
25 months ago

"The structural preservation has been the priority so far, and many other fundamental projects are underway. “Until you fix the big the problems, it won’t be right,” MacTaggart said. “It’s expensive, it takes time, but when it’s done you won’t even know what we did. And the house will be right.” http://www.emporiagazette.com/area/news/article_b5a08088-3d01-5cde-91d3-c128fa94497b.html

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