Ever see an older home in Oakmont, Plum or Verona that you'd love to own and restore with a little TLC?
Award-winning author Ron Tanner is coming to Pittsburgh with the knowledge of how to do just that as part of a national tour to promote his new book, "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story."
Tanner, a preservationist and do-it-yourself hero, wrote the memoir about his painstaking restoration of an 1897 Queen Anne-style row house in Baltimore. In the book, he recounts the story of buying the 4,500-square-foot brownstone with his girlfriend, Jill Eicher, embarking on a complex and demanding restoration, and falling more in love with the house and each other in the process.
Tanner teaches creative writing at Loyola University in Maryland and lives in the home with his now-wife, Jill.
A book signing will follow Tanner’s talk and reading. Copies of his book will be provided by the Penguin Bookshop.
The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are required at