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, January 30, 2006

Spring Fever

The natives are restless and the woods are alive with the sound of chainsaws. I think the vacant lot behind the Queen is going to get developed this spring. I can't say that I'm excited about it, but I can't fake surprise. I mean, it is a residential lot in a subdivision. What else would they do with it?

Here is photo of the natives burning off all the brush & trees they've been clearing (sorry it's fuzzy, autofocus isn't always your friend).

I figure this is about 100 yards from the Queen's back porch. In the spring and summer, you won't be able to see this far because of the foliage. Still, it is disappointing.

Here are a couple of photos of the Queen from a different direction than you normally see.

I spent around nine or ten hours at the Queen this weekend. I didn't get near as much done as I would have liked, but that is how it usually goes. I nearly finished insulating the master bathroom and gave my mother-in-law a tour. She usually provides us with free child care, so she hasn't made it up to the Queen in at least 3 months.

I was telling her about how I'd love to get the Queen mortgaged in April so we didn’t have to file for another extension on the construction loan, and she had a interesting idea. To save time, she suggested that we leave the old beadboard ceilings alone. She said that the faux-antique "crackled" look was in now. People are actually trying to simulate the cracked, crazed, half peeled paint job we have throughout the Queen. It sounds good to me. I can live with old, cracked paint if it means getting a mortgage in April.

Oh, I would also like to apologize for the quality of my recent posts. In my opinion, they've been lacking something lately. I think that I've been a tired & distracted, and applying myself to anything has been a real challenge.


Anonymous Patrick said...

"I think that I've been a tired & distracted, and applying myself to anything has been a real challenge."

Hmmm. Must be something going 'round. Me too. I'm looking forward to the extended daylight. I get so much more done in the Summer.

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