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Introduction | Detroit. One House at a Time

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For the first time in its 38-year history, This Old House is tackling a single-family brick home in the historic Russell Woods area of Detroit, MI. And the city isn’t shying away from its TOH debut! Homeowners Frank and Tamiko Polk purchased a two-story home from the Land Bank Authority, and the three-bedroom, three-bath home will be renovated in the true hard-working spirit of the community.

Funding for THIS OLD HOUSE is provided by The Home Depot.
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