Hecker-Smiley Mansion

5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI
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Built in 1888 by one of Detroit’s most well-known and wealthiest citizens, the Col. Frank Hecker House occupies a prominent position on Woodward Avenue just north of the Cultural Center. Louis Kamper designed this 21,000 square-foot masterpiece based on Chateau de Chenonceaux near Tours, France. Hecker hosted elaborate society parties at his home where he entertained Presidents McKinley and Hayes. In the late 1940s, the home was sold to the Smiley Brothers Music Company and became the birthplace of Detroit’s Chamber Music Workshop and Women’s Symphony. The mansion was recently rehabilitated and today serves as law offices.

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