2018-08-12 / News

Couple’s dream home awarded ‘House of the Month’ for August

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


City employee Shannon Hamel presented a plaque on Friday to Calvin and Robin Whitmore in honor of their home chosen as August’s House of the Month. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese City employee Shannon Hamel presented a plaque on Friday to Calvin and Robin Whitmore in honor of their home chosen as August’s House of the Month. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese IMLAY CITY — The old Victorian house on Main Street in Imlay City, only a few doors down from City Hall, is certainly colorful — nearly as colorful as its occupants.

Calvin and Robin Whitmore, transplants to the Imlay City area from Belleville where they lived for 24 years, purchased the home just over a year ago, and ever since have been toiling to restore the historic house to its former glory.

The house, along with its owners, was recognized on Friday as Imlay City’s House of the Month for August. The Whitmores were presented by city employee Shannon Hamel with an honorary plaque courtesy of CharleeJack Designs.

The easiest update to spot, of course, is the paint job. The yellow, red and green Victorian was built in 1980 and is three stories, features a turret in the southwest corner, contains five bedrooms, three bathrooms and features nearly 4,000 square feet of living space.

Calvin Whitmore, who recently retired as a locomotive engineer with CSX Railroad, said even though he and his wife have been working on the home since it was purchased last June, they “haven’t even scratched the surface yet.”

“Every week it’s something new,” said Calvin. “Originally it was a two-to-three-year project, but realistically it might be five. There’s a lot of work left to do.”

According to Robin, it was the house that brought the couple to Imlay City. “It was the first one we looked at, and we looked at about a dozen but this is the one we kept going back to,” she said. “We want to bring it back to its former glory. We won’t be modernizing it.”

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