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, January 19, 2006

Am Anfang

Sorry for the gratuitous use of German. There was a German poem I learned in college named Am Anfang (or was it “An Anfang?”). In either case, the phrase won’t leave me alone, so there it is. It means, “in the beginning.”

The photo (also looted from my in-law's computer) below is the Devil Queen shortly after we moved her in the fall of 2002. The date stamp in the bottem right corner is wrong.

The roof is brand new. At this point, the Queen was a shell of a house. No wiring, no water, no porches, no additions, et cetera. Also, the yard looks a lot nicer. No wood piles or construction debris.




And, here is a photo of the Queen from last week.



I don’t know if I’m winning or loosing.

1 Comments:

Anonymous nibuca said...

Definately winning.

To quote HouseInProgress: It's called home improvement because it couldn't get any worse. It may look worse but you -know- it's getting better.

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