As we've reported, HGTV's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis, has begun work on the Ransom Gillis House, the 1876 Brush Park white whale of all property restorations. With its famous turrets and handsome brick facade, the 19th century home on Alfred Street already has some curb appeal, despite its sadly neglected state.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans will sponsor the renovation. Others have attempted this kind of renovation and quickly given up in large part because the enormous expense could never bring any kind of profitable return. While Ransom Gillis remains pretty on the outside (though in a faded, crumbly kind of way), the inside is a hollow shell missing walls, floors and fixtures of any sort. No brass fittings, no miles of Pewabic tile — no nothing. Gilbert's money should go a long way here. Well spent, considering the home's stature and potential.
·Ransom Gillis Ready for its Closeup [Curbed Detroit]
·Detroit Mansion Undergoes Prep Work Ahead of HGTV Visit [Detroit Free Press]