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Tell us about yourself:
I am a professor of writing and a builder of websites and married to Jill Eicher, my partner in our old house adventure. We love everything Victorian. We have two dogs and two cats. Frieda, our basset hound is a star of You Tube videos.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Jill -- my then-girl friend (now wife) -- and I bought a wrecked fraternity house "as is" in 2000. It was a once-beautiful Victorian Brownstone in mid-town Baltimore. But it has sat abandoned and vandalized for nearly a year. Everyone thought we were crazy to take it on because we knew nothing about fixing an old house -- or any house.

The once-gorgeous three-story Queen Anne was our dream house. We learned a lot, we toughed it out, and in 2008 THIS OLD HOUSE magazine did a feature on our work. The adventure continues. We're deep, deep into renovation and preservation.

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At 10:57pm on December 10, 2010, PStewart said…


  I am just amazed by the work youve done. Whats even more amazing is that our story is EACTLY the same as yours. And 1889 Victorian. Owned by a fraternity for 50 years. Completely ruined. Staircase balusters torn out with baseball bats. Origoinal detailing all lost except for evidence left behind. Years of restoration. I'm also a professor.


And thats just the beginning...

At 11:02pm on December 10, 2010, PStewart said…


  I forgot to mention that we filled 6 40 yeard dumpsters for the 1st month. And when we started, we had only been "dating" for less than 2 years.

At 10:15am on December 11, 2010, Phil said…

Ron and Patrick: My house was never a frat house, but I too am a professor.

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