Detroit’s Historic Ransom Gillis House

After spending the afternoon doing some library work on the Wayne State campus, I took a detour past the historic Ransom Gillis House. This house is located in the Brush Park neighborhood north of downtown Detroit. An exclusive neighborhood during the Gilded Age, Brush Park was largely abandoned by the time I first visited it in the 1980s. Most of it still looks like a place where the Addams Family would feel at home, with its crumbling Victorian mansions, vacant lots, and abandoned commercial property. Parts of the neighborhood have been redeveloped. Some new condos went up about ten years ago. The M1 rail project is under construction on nearby Woodward Avenue. Now the long-neglected Ransom Gillis House is being brought back to life thanks to Nicole Curtis of HGTV’s Rehab Addict.

As a fan of the show, I simply had to walk by and do a looky-lou. I saw a couple of guys working on the house, but no sign of Ms. Curtis or the TV crew. The house is still a work in progress, but it is looking so much better! I snapped a few photos, albeit with my $14 phone, which means they’re not the best quality.

For a history of the Ransom Gillis House and a photo of what it looked like pre-rehab, check out this link:




November 2015 update… The Ransom Gillis restoration is complete. Nicole Curtis hosted an open house on November 1. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it that day, but the good folks at Curbed Detroit are sharing their exclusive photographs. Check them out here:


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