Quigley’s Castle outside of Eureka Springs is one of those odd tourist attractions that makes one curious enough to stop.
Elise Quigley had described her vision for the house, but had to make a miniature model before her husband Albert and an architect could understand what she wanted. Using lumber from the property, Albert and a neighbor built the house in 1943.
Elise and her children made the bricks for the outside from the collection of rocks she had accumulated since her childhood.
On two sides of the two story home are large windows to provide light for tropical plants that grow in a three foot deep gap between the windows and where the flooring begins. So the plants grow directly in soil.
This shot looks up to the second story garden space. Planks were laid to create shelves for pot plants.
This picture was made from the second floor looking down in the growing space.
In one corner upstairs is a collection of shells and plants.
Some of the plants reach up to the second story. I think this one is a Hibiscus.
On one wall hung a collage Mrs. Quigley created from butterflies and shells. It looks like some kind of resin was poured on top since it has a reflective finish.
It actually works like a mirror: The window and railing are behind us as I take the photograph.
It’s a small house, so it’s amazing that they had five children living there. Although two sons were serving overseas in WW II, so I’m not sure they ever lived there.
The kitchen seemed especially claustrophobic to me.
Although Mrs. Quigley lived for forty years in this house, it is amazing how much hand rock work was done in the yard.
I also don’t know if this was done completely by her or if her family helped.
Mr. Quigley inherited the 80 acres from his father and continued the lumber business of his family.
How was she able to get all that cement during the war and the years following it?
Look at the size of these rocks. It makes my body ache to just think of the heavy lifting involved.
All kinds of trees with intertwining vines grow on the property.
A sign by this furnace provided the following information. In 1998 the brick chimney in the kitchen began to leak smoke, so this furnace was installed. It heats the whole house, two outbuildings, and the hot water heater in the house. The fire in the furnace burns a little over a half cord from October to mid-April.
Since Mrs. Quigley died in 1984, someone else must live in the house now or maybe it’s heated for the tourists.
Just think of the time involved in all of these projects.
Loose stacked rock fence.
Hens and Chicks growing in this planter.
The tall slim towers are a puzzle. There must be some kind of poles inside to keep them upright.
Pyracantha bushes at the back of the house.
I do like the small rock baskets. Chrysanthemums and Pansies add some color.
Periwinkle or Vinca flowers scattered throughout the yard brightens up an autumn scene.
Next to the parking area is an interesting tree with a burl.
The bright red tree is a Sugar Maple, I think.
This house and the yard may seem tacky to many people. But I was impressed with the work behind it all. It’s important to have a passion about something. And it’s obvious that that she loved nature, specifically plants and rocks. So I applaud her for living her dream.
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” Lorraine Hansberry