Home Strange Home: HGTV to rerun local castle feature

Friday, November 30, 2012
Smith Treuer stands in front of the baronial fireplace in the Great Hall of Castle Rogue's Manor. Treuer's partner, Deborah Sederstrom, made the "scale-mail" for the four bronze dragons that writhe across the mantelpiece.

If you missed it the first time around, HGTV is rerunning the segment featuring Castle Rogue's Manor in its "Home Strange Home" show this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 27 at noon.

The segment originally ran last Friday, and is the last of several on the show. But it's the most significant national exposure that Castle Rogue's Manor has ever received, according to builder/owner Smith Treuer.

"We've seen a spike in the number of hits on our website," he said.

Treuer and partner Deborah Sederstrom also own the Rogue's Manor restaurant on Spring Street, which is in a converted Victorian house. But Treuer started from scratch building the castle 17 years ago on 20 acres. The site, on a bluff overlooking the White River at Beaver, inspired the castle, a collection of buildings, that look like an illustration out of Grimm's Fairy Tales. They consist of a gatehouse, a guest cottage and great hall, which is available for business meetings, fundraisers and catered parties for 4 to 400 -- birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

"Our motto is 'Marry well, marry often, including renewals, and marry here at the castle,'" Treuer said.

For the television show, the HGTV crew focused on the use of local natural materials -- wood and stone -- and local artisans, artists and craftsmen in the construction of the castle, Treuer said. Of particular interest were the four bronze dragons by Mel Shipley over the baronial fireplace in the Great Hall, which has a musician's gallery and secret tunnels running underneath it.

"I think they did a very good job of capturing the spirit of the castle and its features," Treuer said of the HGTV crew.

Treuer also cited early exposure to children's books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish for his love of castles, and blames his parents for raising him in Montessori schools. The most enthusiastic response he received from the show was from his mother, who lives in Duluth, Minn., Treuer said.

"She got to see her son's castle on TV," he said.

Treuer said he was also inspired by Ken Follet's book, "Pillars of the Earth," but if he lived in the middle ages, he wouldn't be a master stone mason or knight of the round table.

"I'd be the problematic subject of the feudal lord," he said. "I'm the rogue."

For more information, go to www.castleroguesmanor.com.

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