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Aretha Franklin’s last Detroit property sold this October for $300,000. The Queen of Soul hadn’t lived in the 1927 Detroit Golf Club home for about ten years, but her style remained. Developer Anthony O. Kellum purchased the property and is planning an extensive renovation of the home.
The house will need mechanical work first—there’s currently no heat or electricity. They’ll keep the slate roof, which needs extensive repairs. Original details will remain, but many cosmetic renovations are planned.
One wall will come down in the house—the wall separating the kitchen and the dining room. The very blue, sprawling kitchen will be gutted and modernized. We asked about the unique doors in that wall that will come down, and Kellum said he’d keep them and hopefully use them somewhere. The original herringbone flooring in the dining room will stay.
Roses cover the house—in the wallpaper, the fixtures, the carpet. Aretha lived here when she recorded the album A Rose Is Still A Rose.