On Monday, Golden said she didn’t want to talk about the purchase. She told Cranes earlier this year that she “saved” the house because she didn’t want to see it destroyed.
“We need someone who sees it’s something special and carries on the tradition,” Golden told Spring. “I’d love to see someone have a family here.”
Purdon said she knew the home was something special when she first walked through the front door.
“Does it remind you of the Detroit Institute of Arts?” she asked, “Does it remind you of the romantic atmosphere of Architectural Digest magazine?”
She described the house as a “work in progress,” and said she expects it to always be a work in progress.
Dillon says he respects what Golden has done to his home at 8469 E. Jefferson Boulevard, originally owned by James Burgess Book, and wants to carry her efforts to the finish line. rice field. Purdon said she wanted air conditioning and an updated kitchen, but otherwise respects the efforts Golden made to restore her property.
The tour Golden gave them at the first show described the work she did, tearing down asbestos-filled additions, pulling up layers of carpet and tile to dig out mosaic floors, and painting off marble walls. was scraped off. Dillon felt responsible. home, he said.
“It wouldn’t have been the same without her there. She really put her heart into it,” he said. “It’s just a building without a story. We want the story to end.” I think.”
Dillon and Purdon intend to live in the house and are renovating it room by room. Dillon is a little apprehensive about the scale of the project, but wants to restore it to its original appearance as soon as possible.
“I think there’s a very big learning curve,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Max Brooke Detroit real estate agent Matt O’Loughlin, who represented the couple, said they were still in talks with Golden about another half-acre parcel she continues to own. A historic stove and wrought iron fence purchased in O’Loughlin said she expects the mansion to be “one of her finest homes in the city” when Dillon and Purdon complete it.
“It’s going to be a fun house for them to work on,” he said. “It’s certainly a pretty nice property.”