Corrigan has been
restoring historic and abandoned properties since 1980. Before that time,
she studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and
received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she
met her husband, artist Dennis Corrigan. On their first date, Dennis asked
Donna if she would like to drive around and look at old houses. It was the
beginning of a kinship that has lasted almost thirty years, and still
Dennis and Donna worked together on three of their own residences, while pursuing separate art careers. Donna was illustrating books and periodicals for such publishers as Hearst Publishing in New York City, and Philadelphia Magazine, while part time teaching at Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art in Dover NJ, and Marywood University in Scranton PA. After ten years of balancing these multiple interests, she decided to resign from teaching and illustrating, and concentrate all of her energy to saving buildings.
To date, Donna
has restored eight jointly owned properties, and has acted as a consultant
on over fifty others in NY, NJ, and PA.