Brick + Beam Detroit

About Us

Brick + Beam Detroit is a community for property owners, tradespeople, and building rehabbers of all levels. We support rehabilitation and reinvestment in Detroit by sharing knowledge, building talent, and providing access to the resources needed to keep projects moving forward. Brick + Beam's forum connects people interested in rehabbing and reinvesting in Detroit’s buildings with hands-on skills, local tradespeople, resources, advice, and overall moral support needed to get repair projects started -- and to keep them going.

Brick + Beam is a proud 2015 Knight Cities Challenge winner and is made possible by support from the Knight Foundation and Quicken Loans Community Fund. The project is a collaboration among the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Detroit Future City, and Preservation Detroit, represented and currently led by Executive Director Alissa Shelton with the support of Brick + Beam's original cofounders.


Executive Director-- Alissa Shelton 

Alissa is excited about rehab and fixer-upper homes as an opportunity to bring more people into property ownership. Alissa was most recently the Director of Training for Incremental Development Alliance, a national nonprofit focused on citizen-led real estate development, where she worked on national workshop and training series. She's been a familiar face at Brick + Beam Detroit community events and hosted our first-ever hands-on window workshop a few years ago at Bank Suey, a 1920s bank building-turned-Chop Suey restaurant-turned-community space that she owns and has rehabbed with her family. She and her partner are stewards of a 100+-year-old Hamtramck duplex, which they rent out, and are in the process of fixing up a 1923 bungalow, where they live. Alissa is a Licensed Builder in the state of Michigan, a 2017 Salzburg Global Fellow (Young Cultural Innovator seminar), and holds a BSc. in Psychology from Wayne State University.


Our Cofounders / Advisory Board: 

      Amy Elliott Bragg
      Emilie Evans
      Victoria Olivier

News from Brick + Beam Detroit 

Brick + Beam Detroit to Expand Home Repair Classes, Hire Executive Director, with New Funding from Quicken Loans Community Fund and Knight Foundation 

DETROIT, November 9, 2018 – Brick + Beam Detroit, a support and education network for Detroit's home rehab community, today announced $150,000 in total grant funding from both the Quicken Loans Community Fund and the Knight Foundation. The grants will support the creation of a full-time Executive Director position, expand and increase the frequency of home repair classes and improve access to information and resources about building rehabilitation in Detroit. Read the full news release here.

How You Can Contribute

- Have an idea for a class, know of a resource we should add, or want to suggest a location for an event? See an error on the site or just want to tell us something? Drop us a line anytime! [email protected]

-Check out the "Get Involved" tab to offer up your house as a location or to apply to be a facilitator! 

- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we're up to as well as other relevant programs and goings-ons related to rehab in Detroit.

- Keep up to date with our events by signing up for our newsletter on the home page! Your email address is safe with us. 

- Add your rehab project to the "Brag Your Rehab" map and help answer fellow rehabbers' questions in the Q&A forum!





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