Of all the homes Sideco has had the honor of rehabilitating, none can rival the history, splendor, and craftsmanship of the Wingmead Hunting Club. We were one of many team members selected by the Lyon Family and the Wingmead Board of Trustees to completely renovate the Wingmead estate’s mansion.
Sideco had all 25 employees working 6 days a week, 10 hours a day, for 8 consecutive weeks to complete this difficult, time-consuming, but rewarding job.
We are grateful to the manufacturers we work with for the beautiful products we used to complete this transformation (James Hardie Siding and Trim, Marvin Windows and Doors, and thousands of feet in custom Spanish Cedar).
It was such an honor to restore the Wingmead Hunting Club to its 1939 grandeur and architectural style. We, along with the owners and anybody who cherishes historic restoration, could not be more pleased with the final results.
The Department of Arkansas Heritage has a detailed history of Wingmead if you would like to read more, but here is the short of it: Officially a part of the National Historic Register as of 2011, Wingmead was constructed in 1939 as the personal hunting and farming estate for Edgar Monsanto Queeny. Mr. Queeny was chairman and president of the board for the Monsanto Chemical Company, but his passion in life was nature and habitat conservation. Travelling from St. Louis to Arkansas for several years to hunt ducks, Mr. Queeny’s wife one day declared that if she were going to continue joining him on his wilderness escapades, he would have to find better accommodations than a temporary, dilapidated trailer. So he acquired an 11,000 acre estate and constructed a 10,000 square foot hunting lodge. Touche, Mrs. Queeny!
Wingmead today is a world-renown duck-hunting club, available by invitation only. Lying right smack in the middle of the Mississippi flyway, it is the quintessential spot for duck hunting, with the 4,000 acre Peckerwood Lake and the estate’s fallow fields to attract the ducks. Queeny recounted once that, one a single weekend, Arkansas Fish and Wildlife staff counted nearly 2,000,000 ducks on just a portion of the estate!
Many famous guests have visited and hunted at Wingmead. The Arkansas Duck Hunter’s Almanac famously declares that, at Wingmead, guests “arrive on Friday in time for cocktails and a formal dinner,” hunting all day Saturday, with a possible quail hunt Sunday, before departing Sunday evening. Among the famed visitors are Walt Disney, who was considered a “weekend guest” by the Queeny family.
Shortly after Mr. Queeny passed away, Wingmead was purchased by prominent businessman Frank Lyon Senior and his family of Little Rock, Arkansas. The Lyon family has since then purchased neighboring properties, so that today the total acreage stands at nearly 14,000 acres.