Updated: Friday, 03 Aug 2012, 12:07 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 03 Aug 2012, 12:07 PM EDT
Ten years ago, Ron Tanner and his then-girlfriend did the impossible. They bought condemned property – a big Baltimore Victorian brownstone – and vowed to bring it back to its original glory. The house had been home to Baltimore’s most notorious fraternity for a decade and now, wrecked and abandoned, it was filled with garbage. As if that weren’t daunting enough: they had been dating for only six months and knew nothing about fixing up old houses. Friends, family, and concerned onlookers told them not to do it – they would surely lose their shirts and their love in the bargain.
Now Ron Tanner, a preservationist/writer from Baltimore is on a 66-city national tour, telling his story – a love story, an inspirational tale, and a do-it-yourself Mission Impossible that he turned in a book about their adventures: FROM ANIMAL HOUSE TO OUR HOUSE: A LOVE STORY.
Here's the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx2nt7SRg58
Ron offers anyone thinking about taking on such a project these Tips: How to Stay together When Your House is Torn Apart.”