The Detroit House: Before
A couple of native Detroiters dive into the renovation of a 1939 house with the help of family, friends—and This Old House
Getting Started | Here to Stay
In the historic Russell Woods neighborhood of Detroit, the leaves are finally falling after the hottest summer on record, but the weather isn’t the only thing that is changing. Contractors, family members, folks from the Detroit Historic District Commission, and the crew from This Old House are zipping in and out of Frank and Tamiko Polk’s recently purchased home, laying down a protective barrier over the newly installed kitchen floor, carrying in cabinets, hunting for tools, and discussing how the project is helping shine a spotlight on the city.
“It’s going, going, going,” says Frank, briefly stopping in the middle of the living room just before disappearing again. “It’s nonstop motion.”
Shown: Though the house showed signs of water damage inside from a failing roof, it also retained wonderful original details, including leaded- and stained-glass windows and ornamental plasterwork. Featured on the current season of This Old House, the project marks the TV show’s first visit to the city.