HGTV and Quicken Loans collaborate to restore historic Ransom Gillis mansion alongside Brush Park Development Company

  • July 23, 2015

Brush Park mansion project hosted by Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis to be aired in eight-part series on HGTV this fall

DETROIT, Michigan – The historic Ransom Gillis home in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood is about to be resurrected, thanks to HGTV, Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis and Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. The renovation process will be aired as an eight-part series premiering this November on HGTV.

The project is also in partnership with Brush Park Development Company (BDPC), a Detroit-based development company dedicated to rebuilding an 8.4 acre site in Brush Park which will feature historic and new residences, including the Ransom Gillis home. This renovation marks the start of construction for the BPDC development which was announced in May 2015 by the City of Detroit.
Utilizing the help of community volunteers, the joint Quicken Loans and HGTV project will restore the Venetian Gothic style Ransom Gillis home to its former glory. Preservationist Nicole Curtis will transform the property in this series, which will also feature Quicken Loans President Jay Farner in several episodes.

“Brush Park is a vital neighborhood that is about to see a significant investment in revitalization and new construction. Once completed, this area is going to become an anchor for the growth of Detroit’s neighborhoods,” Farner said. “Communities are built brick-by-brick, through effort and passion. I am proud to say we have all of that here with this community, Nicole and this amazing home.”

The room-by-room renovation and filming began last week. The series will celebrate Detroit, and the rehabilitation will be guided by inspiration from the home’s distinguished history. The transformation will include the sourcing of fixtures and furnishings from the local community. Along with some surprises and big reveals, the series will culminate in an open house for local homebuyers who wish to live in the area.

“Both Quicken Loans and Nicole Curtis are passionate about the city of Detroit and its exciting, ongoing revitalization,” said Donna Stephens, senior vice president of ad sales for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of HGTV. “I can’t think of a more meaningful collaboration for Detroit than having these home and finance experts come together on such an impactful project.”

In addition to the series, HGTV and sister channel DIY Network also will create companion short-form vignettes that illustrate the home-buying process, including selecting a neighborhood, finding the right home, buying the house and then turning it into a home that suits the buyers’ individual personality and needs.

The home is located at 205 Alfred Street. It was designed as a single-family dwelling by Henry Brush and George Mason and was built between 1876 and 1878 and has been unoccupied since the mid-1960s. During this project, the expansive space will be reconfigured into two separate residences.

About HGTV & DIY Network
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of six million unique visitors per month. DIY Network, currently in more than 58 million homes, covers a broad range of programming, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website, DIYNetwork.com, consistently ranks among America’s top home and garden Internet destinations for entertaining videos and home improvement advice. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV and DIY Network are owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company’s lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively reach more than 190 million consumers each month. Companion websites complement on-air programming with video and social media that inform and inspire. The company’s global networks reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed $140 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states in 2013-2014. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past five consecutive years, 2010 – 2014, and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014.

Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 12 consecutive years, ranking No. 12 in 2015. It has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ’100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past ten years, ranking No. 1 in 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 10,000 of its nearly 12,000 team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuickenLoans.

About Brush Park Development Company
Detroit-based Brush Park Development Company (BPDC) was created in 2015 by Bedrock Development Company and a diverse group of real estate developers and partners to help revitalize 8.4 acres and 47 parcels in the Brush Park neighborhood of Detroit between downtown and Midtown. As Detroit’s first major residential development in decades, most of the land will be filled with new residential construction designed to complement existing neighborhood architecture.

Bounded by Edmund Street to the north, John R to the west, Brush to the east and Alfred to the south, this new mixed-income development includes residential concepts such as apartments, townhomes and flats among the multi-family housing options. It will be complemented by neighborhood-focused retail and public green spaces. Both for-sale and for-rent options will be available and at least 20 percent of the more than 300 residences will be affordable housing units. BPDC will also restore four historic Brush Park mansions. Construction will begin in 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

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