This Old House

This Old House® in Detroit

This Old House - Detroit House with Family'This Old House' in Detroit - Monet Polk (daughter); Carolyn O’Bryant (mother); Frank Polk; Tamiko Polk (wife); Christian Polk (son)Kevin O’Connor

Detroit Episodes Run April - June

This Old House traveled to Detroit for the first time to work with retired firefighter Frank Polk as he and his family renovate a classic brick home. Renovations began last summer with the 10 episodes to premiere on Detroit Public Television (56.1) on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:30pm ET. This Old House currently airs on Create (56.3) Fridays at 6pm ET, but we will add the Monday at 7:30pm time slot on 56.1 when the Detroit episodes begin in April.  Visit the schedule to check if your provider carries Create. 

The team will work with retired firefighter Frank and his family as they renovate their classic brick home. The 1939 two-story property was one of thousands of abandoned structures owned by the Detroit Land Bank. The family recently purchased the Russell Woods neighborhood house at auction with the promise they would make improvements and move in.

Expected work includes a new roof, kitchen and baths, plus new mechanicals to replace vandalized equipment in the basement. The team will look to preserve historic details such as leaded stained glass windows and archways as the homeowners blend their modern aesthetics with the home’s historic details. It’s a total family affair as THIS OLD HOUSE pitches in to help reclaim this beautiful corner of the city.  

Watch a preview >

One Detroit Roadshow: This Old House - Rebuilding Detroit's Neighborhoods

Watch One Detroit Roadshow: This Old House—Rebuilding Detroit’s Neighborhoods a community conversation with host, Christy McDonald and Detroit 67 Project Director, Marlowe Stoudamire, and talent from This Old House: host Kevin O’Connor, Tom Silva, and Richard Trethewey, and homeowners Frank & Tamiko PolkAntoine Garibaldi, President of University of Detroit Mercy; Craig Fahle, Director of Public Affairs at the Detroit Land Bank Authority; realtor Lolita Haley; and Maurice Cox, Planning Director at the City of Detroit. 


Watch Now

One Detroit Roadshow: This Old House - Rebuilding Detroit's Neighborhoods

Watch Now

Sponsored in part by




Kraft Made


Consumers Energy

Building Detroit - Land Bank Detroit


Connect With Us
Facebook    Twitter    Instagram    Pinterest    Flickr    YouTube

Sign up for DPTV eNews
Search TV Schedule
Find your favorite episodes, programs or movies Back to the TV Schedule Grid
CURRENT PROVIDER: | Change Provider Print TV Schedule

DPTV WORLD Channel 56.2

Detroit Public TV Create Channel 56.3

DPTV Media - Shop - Detroit Public TV's Entertainment Label Visit

WRCJ 90.9 FM - Classical Days - Jazzy Nights

Image - Protect My Public Media