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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Monday, October 10, 2005

Rotten

The Queen is nearly sealed up for the winter. One of the last jobs left was replacing a couple rotten boards on the bay window. While most of the Queen's wood siding was protected (?) by a layer of mint green vinyl siding for the last 30-40 years, the bay window has been fully exposed to the elements since it was built in 1890. It looks pretty awful in the picture below, but I consider myself lucky. It could have been much, much worse than this.


The trickiest part was getting the original board out. Both ends were thoroughly rotten which made it hard to get leverage to pry it out. It was also top nailed in three places through the window sash. These nails were cut with a hacksaw blade. Even so, it was hard going. Once the board popped out, I saw why. They had nailed the board in from the inside of house as well. There were four nails driven into the back of board. Talk about over kill.


1 Comments:

Blogger Patricia W said...

That's going to be a beautiful bay window when it's finished.

12:15 PM  

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