PBS’s ‘This Old House’ visits Detroit in new season

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

PBS’s “This Old House,” one of the longest running home renovation shows on television, is coming to Detroit.

The series, now in its 37th season, will feature the renovation of a two-story 1939 brick house in the city’s Russell Woods neighborhood that was purchased through the Detroit Land Bank Authority by a retired firefighter and his family. Ten episodes will follow the restoration, beginning in March.

“The Detroit episodes will present the city’s housing situation in a new light, as residents and leaders are finding the best ways to reclaim and restore their community homes. Our team is honored to take part in these efforts in this landmark city,” said “This Old House” Executive Producer Chris Wolfe.

Tackling the project are “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook. Work will include installing a new roof, kitchen and baths, plus new mechanicals to replace vandalized equipment in the basement, according to a press release.

The team also will try to restore historic details such as leaded stained glass windows and archways “as the homeowners blend their modern aesthetics with the home’s historic details,” according to a press release.

The 37th season will start with the restoration of an Arts & Crafts style home in Arlington, Massachusetts. It premieres in October.