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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Thursday, October 06, 2005

The North-Northwest Side, Before and After

Below is the before view of the North-Northwest side of the Queen. Notice the lovely vinyl siding, the missing boards (removed since they were heavily rotted), and copious amount of tar paper covering the gaping hole into the attic. Also note the door opening in the rear most section of the Queen.

And, here is the same side after Tony finished. Notice that the door shown in before picture is no longer there. According to Tony, even though this doorway would provide excellent cross ventilation, it was poorly situated. He said that the door we had installed there was already starting to rot. This side of the Queen receives the least sun and catches a lot on rain when the wind starts blowing. The only way to really keep it dry is building a covered porch on this side of the Queen. He also said that it congested the traffic flow in the rear hall (which was true), so he made an executive decision and removed it. I am sure some folks would be upset with this, but I can't muster any indignation. Really, he is right, and it makes a lot of things much simpler. Besides, if we change our mind at a latter date, I know where the rough-in for the door is.


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