The House

2 Woodside 1904


Woodside was built between 1848-1850 by Charles S. and Mary W. Rannells and is located in Maplewood, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis).

The history of Woodside has been covered extensively in several articles on 40 South News.

Woodside is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (note the record has not yet been digitized) and was featured in the “Save This Old House” portion of This Old House Magazine in November 2013.

Woodside was also included on Missouri Preservation’s Places in Peril List in 2015 and the Landmarks Association of St. Louis’ Most Endangered List in 2013.

The Family

Wedding Day

From the above picture on our wedding day in 2009 and our first blog post, let’s assume it was our destiny to renovate a farmhouse. We set up this blog to share our renovation progress with friends, family and the community, and are excited to share our journey with you!

A little more about us …

Renovation Super Strength:

Libby: Spreadsheets & research (and comic relief) / Brendon: Brute force

Biggest Renovation Fear:

Libby: Critters (dead & alive) / Brendon: That’s a thing?

Post-Renovation House Feature I’m Most Looking Forward To:

Libby: A space for my Baldwin grand piano / Brendon: A space for my Legos (Libby note: that space will be the basement)

Also along for the ride are our two Dachshunds, Blackjack & Roulette. What are they most looking forward to? A lot more windows to look out of.




2 thoughts on “About

  1. I had lunch with your Uncle Steven today. He told us about your renovation journey. What a project!!
    I just finished reading all of your posts and it is so interesting. Your new/old house is going to be a beautiful home. Good for you!


    1. Thank you! We are glad you are enjoyed checking out the blog. Hope to have some new posts up soon. Thanks for reading!


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