With the big reveal of Ransom Gillis House just a couple of short weeks away (we heard this at One Campus Martius, so you know it's gotta be true), we thought we'd check on HGTV star Nicole Curtis' progress. Outside, the home is looking pretty amazing. Between the new round stained glass window and the very intriguing trim over the front door, the place is looking downright restored…almost.
No word yet on when the promised open house will be. Curtis said "two weeks" just over two weeks ago. Sources inside Rock Ventures, parent company of Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans (among other businesses) say the work should wrap up by the end of October. Quicken Loans underwrote much of the renovation of Ransom Gillis, though neither Quicken nor Curtis will say how much the renovations cost. For Gilbert, the project has special significance, given Quicken's $70 million investment in developing Brush Park. According to mLive, in addition to Ransom Gillis, Gilbert's companies are working on four other mansions in the area as part of a Brush Park development that will add 337 new residential units to the neighborhood, 20% of which must be affordable housing.
The new Brush Park development, part of a partnership with the city of Detroit, will bring people back to a once thriving neighborhood, formerly home to more than 70 massive Victorian homes, and a popular area for the city's richest lumber barons, among other luminaries. As for Ransom Gillis, arguably the most famous of these homes, we can't wait to get inside. Like the rest of the city, we need to be patient and ride it out for a few more weeks. Until then, we do have these tantalizing shots of what's quickly becoming one of the most beautiful homes in Detroit.
·Dan Gilbert Sponsors Nicole Curtis Rehab of Ransom Gillis House [Curbed Detroit]
·Ransom Gillis House Tanned, Rested and Ready for its Closeup [Curbed Detroit]
·$70M, over 300 housing units coming to Detroit's Brush Park [mLive]