The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Monday, April 04, 2005

The New and Improved Back Porch

Below are three photos of our new back porch and one before photo of it. We salvaged as much of the original back porch as we could, but the stellar enclosure job made it a nearly impossible task. The enclosure made the porch both claustrophobic and a moisture trap. The first is a sin against good taste and the second a sin against sound carpentry. Most of the porch was rotten by the time we got to it. At some later date once the house is fully enclosed and livable, we plan to install new gingerbread trim and screen it in. The wood for the bead-board ceiling was salvage from a house we demolished in Atkins last summer - another story in itself.
This porch gets the most positive feedback when we give tours of the house. The year round creek (which is impossible to see in these pictures) is about 50 feet behind the porch.


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