One of Detroit’s most notable homes will open to the public this weekend, and it will look a lot different than it has in the past. Boston-Edison’s largest home—the Charles T. Fisher Mansion—has been taken over by dozens of interior designers and decorators for a fundraiser for the Junior League of Detroit.
For those looking for design inspiration, there’s something for everyone on display in the 1922 George Mason-designed mansion.
Actor Hill Harper bought the Fisher Mansion last year. The home is currently undergoing a three-year renovation. During a press conference Thursday, Harper joked that someone told him he’d invested more money into the renovation of a house than anyone in Detroit...and there’s still so much to do.
Harper has been working with Chandra Moore at coG Studios on the renovations. coG has handled the fixes and more permanent redesign of the home, including the kitchen and the opening up of the second floor.
For those who are familiar with the home, the redesign of the second floor is likely the most noticeable difference. Walls of three bedrooms were taken down and part of the ceiling was opened up to create a huge lounge with multiple seating areas and a 23-foot-long kitchen island—with all appliances hidden. Moore says when the Fishers first lived here, they had help and maid’s quarters. What does the house want to be today? With this lounge, they’ve created a space where everyone belongs.
The house spans nearly 18,000 square feet and much of the home that was previously not open on tours will be open for the Show House. This includes bedrooms and a floral-themed bathroom on the second floor, plus a reimagining of the basement, including a ballroom-turned-lounge and the billiard room—now a gentleman’s lounge with Prince inspiration.
Visitors will note some big changes in the mansion. Some are more permanent, like the flooring in the foyer and the recreated archways between the living room and library. Many of the changes are temporary, like the bold wallpaper on the ceiling of the sunroom. Also note the dramatic chandelier in the foyer and the inspired new bathroom off the kitchen.
The house will be open for multiple dates starting September 15 through October 7. Tickets are $40. Aspire Design and Home is main sponsor for the event. Funds from the JLD’s Designers’ Show House go toward Project EAT, which connects food education, access, and tools to promote healthy eating.
Compared to what the Fisher Mansion looked like a couple years ago, it’s come a long way. And this is just the part of the three-year process in store for its renovations. Here’s what you might see in the next few weeks.