clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

A Detailed Look Inside the Hecker-Smiley Mansion

New, 10 comments

[Photography by Chris and Michelle Gerard]

Update: The mansion sold to Wayne State University in 2014 for $2.3 million. The school uses the building as the Tierney Alumni House, named in honor of 1960 Wayne State grad and donor Thomas Tierney.

Roughly two weeks since hitting the market, the Hecker-Smiley Mansion has become a minor internet celebrity. The 49-room mansion is asking just $2.8M. Before we get to the photos, here are some facts learned since our original post on 12/19.
➭ Law firm Charfoos & Christensen bought Hecker-Smiley for $660K in 1991.
➭ Dead pigeons, rotting plaster, and broken windows were just some of the mansion's issues back then.
➭The $1.2M renovation took 14 months and involved 28 subcontractors, roughly one-third the time it took to build it in 1846.
➭The carriage house contains a mock courtroom. For lawyer practice.
➭ Each turret is a separate office. Dumbledore was known to work from a turret office.
➭ Bathroom Count: 11. Fireplace count: 13. Next door neighbor: Domino's Pizza.
➭ Hecker-Smiley was modeled after the Château de Chenonceau, a French manor that makes this place look like a Porta-Potty.
· Detroit mansion has it all [Det News]