This is Part V in a series. Part I is here. Part II. Part III. Part IV.
In my previous four posts in this Detroit series, I detail how three historic homes in Brush Park were reborn on the cheap (by a massively well-funded developer), while one home is being carefully and meticulously restored to a very high standard (by a developer of modest means).
The Gillis House falls between these two standards. The exterior work was not done as cheaply as possible but it was not done, well, to the high standard the iconic home warranted.
I applaud Quicken Loans for undertaking such a project. Yet, rather than push for 100% they settled for 80%. They settled for OK rather than expend the extra effort for WOW. For THE premier project of Brush Park this seems curious.
Most people will, of course, walk by the house today and be thrilled by its beauty. But…people could have walked by the house and gasped.