Welcome to Detroit’s most iconic mansion.
The David Whitney House was built between 1890 and 1894 by the famous lumber baron David Whitney Jr., who was considered not only one of Detroit’s wealthiest personalities, but also one of Michigan’s wealthiest citizens. The house is estimated to cost $400,000 (approximately $10,500,000 in today’s economy) and was featured in several newspapers of that time. The exterior is constructed using pink jasper from South Dakota. It is measured to be 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) and has 52 rooms (including 10 bathrooms), 218 windows, 20 fireplaces, and a secret vault in the dining room, an elevator, and numerous Tiffany glass windows. The Tiffany glass windows have been estimated to be worth more than the house itself. The window designs often feature themes oriented around the purpose of the rooms they are located in. For example, the music room’s windows are themed towards elements of music as well as images of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The grand staircase features a massive stained glass window portraying a knight, paying homage to the various members of the Whitney family who were knighted, as well as their lineage to Royal blood line in England. The house was the first residential home in Detroit to have a functioning elevator for personal use.
We Serve Spirits
Known for one of the cities best happy hour menu, live entertainment and the world famous Witching Hour Martini, the Ghostbar is a truly unique experience. Come up and chill with the swanky spirits of Detroit. Located in the mansions third floor reception hall.