Revisiting Craftsmen Treasures at Queen’s Gap
When Queen’s Gap, a residential development, went bankrupt three years ago. it left behind two remarkable buildings in the process. Both were built in the American Craftsmen style, as were many other new buildings across these mountains. When we last saw these gems, they were being vandalized, and no one seemed to care.
Why they haven’t been sold in an auction of liquidation is beyond me, but at least the current owners have boarded up all first floor windows and doors in an effort to preserve these treasures.
The first is the gatehouse, shown below…
The weeds are higher than I’ve ever seen, and Kudzu is creeping its way into the mix, but, so far, the structure is sound.
From Thermal City Road, the first things you notice about the lodge are the blue shutters on the first floor.
Where guests once entered on a sweeping circular drive, only the tall weeds still greet the rare visitor.
The design of the wood and stone structure still comes through, no matter what.
The spacious indoor/outdoor entertaining porch has fared well in spite of losing all of its light fixtures.
Hopefully soon, someone will purchase this architectural relic, and people will once again have parties as they once did. I hope that the next time I update the condition of these iconic structures, the story will be a better one. To see how the buildings have changed over time, search “Queen’s Gap” for earlier posts.