Many of us have seen the 1978 movie “Animal House.” Have you wondered what happened to the chapter house after the mischievous frat boys graduated? Homeowners Ron Tanner and Jill Eicher can pick-up where the story leaves off. They call Charles Village’s version of the infamous Animal House home. Please join us for a tour of this beautifully restored house and hear Mr. Tanner and Ms. Eicher offer tips on managing large projects, including how to stay together even when your house is torn apart.
2746 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Tuesday, April 3rd | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$15 members | $25 non-members (please join!)
Ron Tanner and Jill Eicher have spent 12 years renovating an 1897 Queen Anne rowhouse that was condemned property when they bought it. A notorious fraternity had all but destroyed the 4,500 square foot Charles Village house. The run-down rowhouse even found itself as the perfect setting for a horror film starring then unknown actresses Dana Delaney and Keri Russell. Undaunted, Mr. Tanner and Ms. Eicher took on a whole-house restoration, beginning with emptying out multiple roll-off dumpsters of trash. They found themselves learning how to re-plaster walls, finish floors, restore windows, and much more. Their work was featured in This Old House magazine in 2008, in Baltimore Magazine in 2012 in an article called “Trashed to Treasured,” and just a few months ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Tanner, a writer by trade, created a blog about their adventures. The blog was very popular and led to the recently published book, From Animal House to Our House: a Love Story, a must-read for anybody who has struggled through a home renovation project. Mr. Tanner is a wonderful storyteller and the evening is sure to be entertaining as well as informative.