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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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

All in Good Taste?

It's funny how some things hold up over time and others don't.

Lately, my wife and I have been watching movies from our childhood. Sadly, my memories of many of these movies are better than the movies themselves. For instance, Beetlejuice, which I loved as a kid, has not aged well. It didn't suck like Beverly Hills Cop, but it was a painful disappointment. On the other hand, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Better Off Dead are still hilarious.

Tastes change. The old Victorians we covet and treasure were reviled in the 1920's as gaudy, misbegotten abominations. For those of a literary bent, you might read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The clash between the old and new architecture forms the backdrop for the story.

When I'm old and crotchety, will young people say, "Wow, look at that 1970's ranch house. It's in great shape: low ceilings, aluminum single pane windows, and a two car garage. Isn't it wonderful?! It's a shame that folks have let homes like these get so run down. Isn't it sad they pulled out the original green shag carpet to lay Pergo. What were they thinking?"

It's widely held that you can't predict the future, but I'm just not seeing it. But, what do I know? There is no accounting for taste.

2 Comments:

Blogger Tony Maro said...

Haha, yeah but who in the 1980's would have predicted bellbottoms and flower prints would come back?

10:33 AM  
Blogger Patricia W said...

I'll second the bellbottom comment. Even platforms came back.

12:14 PM  

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