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111. Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

May 06, 2021

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob, created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.

 

The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.

 

We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover after, and the secret behind their signature pink door...

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