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).
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Recent Progress, Photos

This is the window I glazed and installed last weekend. They have installed the window trim in preparation for putting up the siding.

They installed new siding under the gable, an attic vent, and most of the trim over the bay window.

Here is a close up of the starter strip for the siding on the master bathroom.

A view of the Queen with her newly sided gables. The white boards are the new pieces of siding (pre-primed) and the green ones are old, original siding.

A view of the master bathroom with some of its new trim. The master bathroom will not have an attic vent. It has a cathedral ceiling and no attic space.


Blogger Patricia W said...

Are you re-siding the house or is this on top of pre-existing siding? Just curious.

10:10 AM  
Blogger John said...

When we bought the Queen, she was covered in green vinyl siding. We stripped all of that off. Underneath was the original ship-lap siding. Overall, it was in pretty good shape. We had to remove the roof to move the house, so the triangle of siding under the gables had to come off as well. We salvaged that siding plus all the original siding we pulled off the kitchen wall to add the addition. We are reusing as much of the salvaged siding as we can. The additions (a pantry, laundry and bath off the kitchen and a master bathroom) are both being sided for the first time. I hope that answers your question Patricia(sometimes I'm less than lucid).

2:46 PM  

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