The Freer House (1892) is the headquarters of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University. The house is a masterpiece of American shingle-style architecture and the birthplace of the Freer Gallery of Art, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian in Washington, DC. As an early champion of American, Asian, and Middle Eastern art, Freer's legacy of multi-culturalism is celebrated today in the house's mission and programming. These bonds to our nation's capitol and much of the world make the Freer House an ambassador of Detroit's global cultural heritage.