6 Acres M/L

... "The African Queen Odyssey"...

the most celebrated and socially successful architect
ever to come out of Springfield, Missouri was....
"Don Russell"
Even from the beginning in the early 1930's,
to have a Don Russell home,
bestows upon its owner a certain "cachet"
of social and financial success!
One of Don's greatest regrets
is that he never dated his plans
that were so meticulously drawn
that they were almost a work of art in themselves!
He wanted every home
to adapt itself to its own environment,
surrounded by huge "exposed" beams and skylights
as part of every roof.
So as fate would have it,
an idea to build a house
over a peaceful rolling natural spring
was born in 1960.
Massive steel I-beams support the house over the water
while huge wood beams, taken from a dam at one time,
measuring 30" square and 60'long
support the roof of the portico
on perhaps the most iconic and unique
Don Russell home ever constructed.
Fast forward 47 years,
3 owners, and the special property on Lone Pine
would be named by
Michael and Lisa Willhoit,
"The African Queen."
Though only a dream at this time,
with tons of hard work, planning,
and never forgetting to follow your dream,
the property was finally purchased
by the Willhoit's on September 9, 2013!
Without question,
a day we will never forget as "The African Queen"
was to start on its remarkable transformation!
So perhaps after years of speculation and mystery,
the home on Lone Pine Avenue in Springfield Missouri
is finally complete.
The finished product is nothing short of spectacular.
Carefully finished and furnished with
custom, hand-made one-off pieces,
gathered from all over the world.
These pieces include:

  • The 550,000 mosaic piece wood floor
    (with No Expense spared at a cost of $400,000)
    for a MERE 900 square feet!)
    assembled out of: Oak, Walnut and Ebony
    that also includes a 17 foot long, 20,000 piece 3-D African Crocodile
    by Archeypal Imagery's Avedis Duvenjian and Vartan Arutyunian out of Armenia and New York.
  • Teak, reclaimed wood flooring strips,
    taken out of a building in Indonesia in 1750.
  • Massive 8 Foot by 5 Foot Glass Floor
    Almost 2 inches thick and manufactured by same company
    that made the windows for the NASA Space Shuttles!
  • Special Commissioned 2" Custom Cut Shake Roof from British Columbia
  • Custom front doors from Goa, India,
    taken out of a Mausoleum in 1820.
  • Dual 19th century American cast iron architectural
    roaring lion masks found at a Connecticut estate in 1900.
  • Six totally handmade custom pieces from Paris France
    by Michel Haillard of Tribale Poursuite's with names of
    Karpat, Blandhin, Derzou, Descriptif, Mysteria, and Enty2.
  • Two 7' tall hand-carved wooden tusks cut in Africa in 1890.
  • Cast Iron Elephant dinner table with smoked glass from Miami Florida
  • A 6' Lion needlepoint tapestry completed in Italy in 1780.
  • African Mammoth Elephant Wall Art Painting by a
    13 Year Old African Girl From Johannesburg
  • Maitland Smith Verdigris Bronze Patina
    Monkey Lamp with Pennshell Shade
  • Original Antique Map of Africa published by
    Emannuel Bowen in London Circa 1787
    Framed in Antique Bamboo
  • A wild boar and fallow deer chair made in Germany in the 1860's.
  • Four inch thick Carthage stone custom kitchen counter top
    over 1000 years old from Carthage Missouri.
  • Venetian Style Antique Painted Bombe Commode Circa 1750 from Italy
  • Hand Carved Large Teak Entertainment Center Circa 1890 from Africa
  • Brutalist Copper Palm Tree floor lamp
    in the style of Tom Greene and Maison Janson
  • Custom commissioned 8 Legged Genuine Impala Horn
    Zebra Hide Chair From Africa
  • Three handmade lighted Kudu Chandeliers from Cody's in Montana.
  • Custom Commissioned Cheetah hide arm chair (One of One)
  • Huge Antique Armor from Inda Circa 1880
    with tons of visable history and verdigris
  • 55 Million year old Large Diplomystus Fossil Fish
  • A 6' tall Fallow Deer Chandelier from England.
  • A custom ordered handmade full size copper hot tub
    from Diamond Spa's in Colorado built into the bluff along with a
    hammered out copper slipper tub made especially for Lisa.
  • Ostrich Egg Lights mounted on Gemsbok Horns from the Serengeti
  • Zebra kitchen stools all handmade in Johannesburg South Africa.
  • Huge Copper Warrior framed picture from France, around 1900.
  • A one Off Mosquito made in 1974 in Paris by Jack Duvall Brasseur.
  • 1930's Teak Swan Bed carved in France (Unreal)
  • Tortoise Shell tables and Lamps from California.
  • Arnie Norell Chair made in Sweden in 1960.
  • Hand carved elephant wall mount from Sierraleone,
    West Africa, brought to the US in 1960.
  • A Marine Natural Wunderkammer Specimen Porcupine Fish
    tetrodoncutcutia caught and mounted in Milano Italy in 1880.
  • A large Burchell Zebra skin rug taken in the 1950's.
  • 200 Year Old Monumental Cactus Skeleton from Arizona
  • A bone dish with lion from Great Britain made in 1750.
  • A Benin Bronze fish sculpture from 1920.
  • Fretwork custom made Elephant office desk.
  • Italian hand sewn antique wingback master chair,
    recovered with reclaimed weathered leather.
  • Ten skin Colobus Monkey rug
    sewn together in the 1940's in West Africa.
  • Vintage bamboo arm chair with
    polished steel lion heads and claw feet.
  • 2 Antique Bronze Cobra Candle Holders Circa 1800 From Persia
  • Antique console lion wooden head from Belgium.
  • Hand Carved Gnarled Teak Oval Mirrors
  • Custom Specially Constructed 58" X 48" X 20" 265 Gallon
    Salt Water Aquarium made by Harold at Underwater Worlds
    Located in Springfield Missouri.
  • Entry horned night light from Germany in 1930.
  • Maitland Smith Crocodile Hemmingway Style Arm Chairs
  • 3,000 year old petrified wood made into sinks from Central Java Indonesia.
  • Huge handmade 15' custom African Warrior statue
    made by local craftsmen Tom Ehlers and James Hall.
  • A 3,000 pound bronze Rhino from London.
  • A 3,000 pound Elephant from Thailand.
  • A bronze Leopard cast on a fallen tree branch from New York.
  • A Baboon, full body mount.
  • King of the jungle; 650 pound male Lion, full body mount.
  • Finally, a magnificent oil painting of a side view of a lions face
    by my daughter Autumn Courtney carefully displayed in the front foyer.
Designing the striking landscaping
took just as much thought and planning
as the home's interior.
The breathtaking water features and grounds
were drawn and created by
Steven Butts of Houston, Texas.
His design is what really accented
the natural spring fed creek
that runs under the Queen all year round at 55 degrees.
Cliff Fitzwater of Fitz-Water Design
did unbelievable job making the lake,
bubbling rock and 17' half moon 4' waterfall
a focal point of the entire African Queen Estate.
This Sprawling Estate of 6 M/L Acres is located
WITHIN the City Limits of Springfield, Missouri!! WOW!!!!
Unheard of Acreage in this day and age!!
All and all,
a 10 year dream was finally completed
after two intense years
by Michael Dobbs and Eric Stuhlsatz Homes LLC,
along with the finest craftsmen from all over the World.
Please, enjoy The African Queen in its entire splendor!

The African Queen Estate is WITHOUT QUESTION
One of the Most Iconic, Unique, Handmade, "One of One"
Exotically furnished Properties available ANYWHERE in the Country!

After an extensive 36 Hour Photo Shoot
the final photos were hand selected by Michael and Lisa
and a specially commissioned Hard Bound Book
measuring 13" X 11" with 57 pages was created!
This is available upon request for a nominal fee
If you see the book and have the Money

Michael B. and Lisa L. Willhoit

Call 417-839-1258 or
Email if you wish to discuss further details

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