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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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

No More Whining

Well, I hope there won’t be any more. Last night I was up too late staring up at the ceiling thinking about my woe, and I decided that I complain and whine too much. Unfortunately, it is one of my distinguishing characteristics and an annoying one at that. It must be pretty bad when I even annoy myself. It’ll take a lot of work to break myself of it. Please forgive me if I lapse.

Recently, I had a chance to talk with an architect who does a lot of historic preservation/restoration projects. He told me something interesting about old baseboards. According to him, many old homes and buildings no longer have their original baseboards even if they have old ones. Back 100 years ago or so, when the original finish wore off them, instead of stripping them down to the wood and refinishing them they’d just tear them out and replace them with new ones. The idea was that it was easier to just replace them and put on a new finish than to resurrect the old ones. Wow, talk about taking what you’ve got for granted. It is pretty amazing to think about old growth trim as a disposable commodity.

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