Friday, March 8, 2019

It Can Be Done

A friend just posted these photographs with the accompanying text on Facebook.

Another fabulous historic home in Detroit's Brush Park restored to its former glory! The Ransom Gillis House was designed by Henry T. Brush and George D. Mason and built between 1876 and 1878 at a cost of $12,000. Unoccupied since the mid-1960s, attempts were made to restore the structure in the 1970s, 1980s, and mid-2000s, but none succeeded. It wasn't until HGTV, Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) and Detriot-based Quicken Loans successfully restored the once grand mansion. The project aired in an eight-part special on HGTV. 
My friend's comment: "If there is a hole in the roof, or even if there is no roof--FIX IT--don't just demolish it!"

Needless to say, Gossips shares that sentiment. 


  1. I take your point, but there is zero chance that house was restored for $12K. Be serious.

    1. Huh? It was built in 1876-1878 for $12,000. The cost of the restoration is never mentioned in the text I published.

  2. Can they be encouraged to save threatened buildings here? An HGTV series in Hudson!

  3. Galvan, in all of its iterations, shell companies and aliases should not be allowed to acquire any more properties in Hudson until it has properly stabilized and restored the ones it already owns. This is demolition by neglect. And warehousing properties without maintaining them should not be allowed.

  4. Tres Charmante is absolutely right on this one. What GIAOII (Galvin in all of its iterations) has done in Hudson is a travesty. But the fact that it has gotten away with it is even more of one.

  5. An unbelievable *restoration*!
    Normally, anything with a caved in roof is a goner. You would think the walls would be unstable and condemned long ago. A slate roof and fine details. There's hope.