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 Begin Monday, April 3 at 7:30pm ET

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.  

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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. 


This Old House® in Detroit

Detroit. One House at a Time

Watch the digital series that takes a deeper look into TOH's Detroit project. 

Detroit. One House at a Time. Intro | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4

Pewabic tile at the renovated Polk house in Detroit



Related Press 

Detroit News - March 23, 2017 - "This Old House" Detroit Photo Gallery
Crain's Detroit Business - March 9, 2017 - DPTV to host a public event with cast from This Old House-Detroit March 24
Detroit Public TV - March 7, 2017 - DPTV Celebrates Premiere of This Old House-Detroit with Community Conversation & Toolkit Party Featuring hosts of show/homeowners & PBS President, Paula Kerger - March 2, 2017 -  This Old House' to debut bonus Detroit digital series on Friday'This Old House' will feature rehab of Detroit home PBS’s ‘This Old House’ visits Detroit in new season
MLive 'This Old House:' PBS show to film in Detroit for first time 
Crain's Detroit BusinessPBS' 'This Old House' to help restore home in northwest Detroit 

View press release from the producers of This Old House.


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

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