Franklin H. Walker House, photo 1983
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Walker, Franklin H., House
2730 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Franklin H. Walker House
Property Type stone house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use HEALTH CARE/hospital
Style Postmedieval English
Architect/Builder George Dewitt Mason
Significant Person Franklin H. Walker
Narrative Description The Walker House is a massive Neo-Jacobean-style house that is irregular in plan and two-and-one-half-stories in height. The entrance facade is constructed of brown brick and rock-faced limestone. An engaged, octagonal tower with pointed roof projects from one corner of the house, imparting a strong medieval character to the design. At the other corner of the facade is a two-story, three-sided bay window unit faced with limestone. The gable roof is tile-covered. Walls at the gable ends terminate in limestone-capped fractables.
Statement of Significance The Franklin H. Walker House is significant for its association with the Walker family, for its architectural character, and for its association with architect George D. Mason. Mason designed the house for Franklin H. Walker (of the Hiram Walker Distillery family) in 1896. The house is notable for its immense size and picturesque use of diverse building materials and medieval motifs. The Walker House is now part of Doctor's Hospital and its interior has been extensively remodeled.
Period of Significance 1880-1900
Significant Date(s) 1896
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P25276