Franklin H. Walker House

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Franklin H. Walker House
Walker House Detroit c1910.jpg
Walker House c 1910
Location 2730 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′21″N 83°1′11″W / 42.33917°N 83.01972°W / 42.33917; -83.01972Coordinates: 42°20′21″N 83°1′11″W / 42.33917°N 83.01972°W / 42.33917; -83.01972
Built 1896
Architect George D. Mason
Architectural style Neo-Jacobean
Demolished c. 1990
MPS East Jefferson Avenue Residential TR
NRHP Reference # 85002948[1]
Added to NRHP October 09, 1985

The Franklin H. Walker House was a private residence located at 2730 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was also known as Doctor's Hospital. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985,[1] but subsequently demolished.


Lot the Walker House stood in 2008

The Franklin H. Walker House was a two-and-one-half-story structure, constructed of brown brick and rock-faced limestone.[2] The massive Neo-Jacobean house was irregular in both floorplan and in height.[2] A medieval-influenced octagonal tower with a pointed roof projected from one corner of the house; at the other corner, a two-story, three-sided bay window unit projected from the main bulk of the house. The gable roof was covered with tiles; walls at the gable ends terminated in fractables.[2]

History and significance[edit]

This home was built in 1896 for Franklin H. Walker, a son of Hiram Walker and president of the Hiram Walker Distillery.[3] The house was notable for its immense size, diverse building materials, and medieval motif. The house was used until 1980 as Doctor's Hospital.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Walker, Franklin H., House from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ Franklin H. Walker Obituary, New York Times, June 18, 1916
  4. ^ Patricia Ibbotson, Detroit's Hospitals, Healers, and Helpers, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7385-3223-1, p. 117