One of the grandest homes in Detroit will be undergoing a much needed renovation in the upcoming years. The Charles T. Fisher Mansion, which we toured in 2016, sold earlier this year to actor Hill Harper for $1.25 million. Harper plans on working with local design firm coG Studio to overhaul the 18,000-square-foot house.
“We have created a team of amazing contractors and engineers to develop a concept that enhances Hill Harper’s love for art, history, and entertainment,” says Chandra Moore, founder and design director at coG Studio.
Phase one of the renovation will be completed by June 2018, before the Junior League uses the mansion as the 2018 Designers’ Show House. This first phase will include updating the infrastructure, improving the more public spaces (the first floor and basement), and updating the home for livability.
“Our goal is to continue the celebration of the historic details and ornate architecture within the home, while interlocking unique design elements that unify the house and Hill’s design goals within its time period,” says Moore.
Phase two will focus on updating the 4,000-square-foot suite for Harper’s family. Phase three will include a makeover of the backyard.
Dr. Craig Wilkins is the architect of record for the renovation. Harper is also working with Rockford Construction on the project.
The 1922 mansion was designed by George D. Mason and includes 14 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a pub, a private chapel, gymnasium, and a prohibition liquor vault. Photos from our tour can be found here.