For more than 40 years, Claudia Peterson kept an eye on the vacant 1874 Queen Anne in her hometown of Marshall, Missouri, and wondered about its fate as she watched the once elegant house slowly disintegrate. When the house went up for auction, in May 2010, Claudia and her husband, Russ Rhodes, took control of its destiny. Their plan: Bring back the period details and add some fresh flourishes, including new stained-glass windows and a stately turret.
Siding and trim: Inspired by a historic photo that was given to them at the auction, Claudia and Russ knew that underneath the wide asbestos shingles lay the original 4-inch-reveal cedar siding, along with fish-scale shingles, vertical tongue-and-groove details, and belly band at the gable bases. They hired a crew to remove and properly dispose of the asbestos shingles, and then Russ, a former builder, repaired and replaced damaged portions of the 140-year-old woodwork, including the belly band. To dress up the gable peaks, Claudia ordered stock scrollwork decorations online, saving a bundle over having the embellishments custom-made.
Porch: The pair worked with a mason to re-create the look of the original porch. They also restored a second-story balcony that had been removed, incorporating old posts, a gallery rail, and fan brackets that they sourced locally and online. Spindles saved from the old porch were integrated into the main balustrade.