Before & After: A Detroit Architect Brings New Life to an Abandoned Brick Bungalow

Architect Sidney Migoski revives a 1912 residence in Detroit’s West Village, salvaging the home’s historic details while updating the floor plan for modern life.

Sometimes it helps to be a little naive before embarking on a house remodel. This 1912 brick bungalow in Detroit’s historic West Village district sat vacant for eight years before architect Sidney Migoski and her fiancé, Drake, a mortgage banker, took a tour of what would be their first home together. The couple saw peeling ceilings, layers of hard-used finishes, and a kitchen that had been reduced to just a sink. "We had never done something like this before," says Sidney. "So, we were like, How hard can it be?" 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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