SAGINAW (WJRT) -
(05/15/14) - It's a chance to own a piece of Saginaw's past. The group trying to save a historic home is hoping someone will see its potential and invest in its possibilities.
The Hill House on South Jefferson street needs a lot of work, but some say it's worth it.
It was built by Clarence Hill in 1886, back then Saginaw was a prosperous lumber town and Hill was a leading lumberman. He passed away in 1901, his wife Susie lived in the home until she passed in 1949. It was then sold to a local physician who converted it to five apartments. It served as an apartment dwelling until 1999. It's been vacant ever since. The roof has been replaced and there's been other improvements.
The organization working to restore the property has been trying to raise money for their cause - but it's costly.
"Well over a million dollars to restore the home and establish and endowment fund to keep it up and running," said Bill Scharffe, chairman of Friends of Hill House.
The group raised about $23,000 for renovations, way short of the goal, now they're taking a change of direction.
"We're on a mission to make sure we save the place," Scharffee said.
They want to sell the home to a buyer who sees the potential.
"Probably the most realistic is a person willing to invest the money and buy the house to live in and perhaps run it as a bed and breakfast," Scharffe said.
"What we don't ever want to see in our lifetime is a wrecking crew coming to demolish the home," he said.
The Hill House will be open for touring during the Jazz on Jefferson event on June 4.