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Condemned frat house becomes rewarding restoration
Condemned frat house becomes rewarding restoration

When Ron Tanner, an author and writing professor at Loyola University Maryland, purchased a condemned Victorian brownstone in Charles Village 14 years ago (against his real estate agent's advice), he knew nothing about restoration. The fact that the three-story rowhouse belonged to — and was trashed by — a college fraternity over a decade did not deter him and his then-girlfriend, Jill Eicher. In fact, they made it their mission to save the home from further destruction and restore it to its 1897 glory. Tanner even documented the process in his book "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story." The couple "were warned by just about everyone we'd end...