Four Seasons and Rehab Addict Team Up for Transformation of Iconic Detroit Mansion

January 16th 2016
Four Seasons

HGTV, Rehab Addict Detroit

Lake Orion native Nicole Curtis is an advocate of preserving old homes. The HGTV’s Rehab Addict teamed up with Quicken Loans in July 2015 to restore the iconic 139-year-old Venetian Gothic mansion on Alfred Street in Brush Park. The estate, vacant since the 1960s, is Curtis’ third Detroit project and the third time she called on Four Seasons Garden Center and Custom Landscape Services to take charge of landscape renovation. Nicole relies on Four Seasons to plan and execute under the crazy time constraints of television. 

The renovation converted the 4,800-square-foot 1876 home into a duplex. The house was split vertically, down the middle. Architectural features in the construction remain as clues should a future owner wish to return the property to a single-family dwelling. The restoration was featured on Rehab Addict in an 8-part series that began in November and will repeat this season on HGTV. 

“I work with Four Seasons because they get me.”

—Nicole Curtis, Host of HGTV Rehab Addict, Detroit

Senior Landscape Designer Lynn Cavanaugh researched old photos of the home and other archives of the era to create a landscape reflecting earlier times of the mansion but with an eye on low maintenance and contemporary appeal. Landscape plans were submitted to the Detroit Historical Society to confirm they were consistent with the landscaping of the times. 

A Home that is Special to All Detroiters

As we have in other Rehab Addict transformations, Four Seasons, a team of local suppliers, and interested neighbors also rehabbed Brush and Adelaide, Community Park. The neighbors have lovingly cared for this park for years, planting annuals and small shrubs and making other improvements. Four Seasons and our partners brought in the heavy equipment and reclaimed the edges of the brush, probably doubling the size of the usable area. Once the perimeter was cleared, an unusable weedy pad of crumbling asphalt was removed and replaced with a family-friendly picnic area with several tables constructed and painted by volunteers.

“This is a home that is very special to Detroiters, but not only Detroiters but preservationists and historians across the country,” said Curtis in August. “All eyes are on this project.” And we think they will like what they see.