Usakizade Mansion: Home of Latife Hanım (Wife of Ataturk)

Usakizade Mansion: Home of Latife Hanım (Wife of Ataturk)

The day Mustafa Kemal Pasha arrived in Izmir after the liberation of Izmir, he used the Uşakizade house as the Headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief. The Uşakizade Mansion was owned by Latife Hanım, whom Mustafa Kemal Pasha married.

She impressed Mustafa Kemal Pasha with her Western education, elegance and knowledge, and Mustafa Kemal quickly married Latife Hanım in a civilized way, just like today. Mrs. Latife’s house witnessed the pioneering of civil marriage. Years after Latife Hanım and Mustafa Kemal Pasha separated, when the surname law was passed in 1934, Latife Hanım’s father chose the surname Uşşaklı for his family. But it was Atatürk himself who decided that Ms. Latife’s surname should be Uşaki. It is said that Uşaki means Lovers.

Izmir Konak Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Maket Ev
Izmir Konak Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Gezilecek Yerler

Uşakizade Mansion has a cellar and staff rooms on the ground floor, a living room, dining room and governess room on the first floor, and bedrooms and a living room on the second floor. We couldn’t go inside because it was closed, we could only look through the window. The furnishings are furnished, photos of Atatürk hang on the walls, and there is even a model of the house where Atatürk was born in Thessaloniki.

Izmir Konak Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Fotograflari
Izmir Konak Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Gramafon

Uşakizade Mansion was rented from Mrs. Latife in 1951 by the founder of Izmir Private Turkish College. In 1979, the mansion became the property of Izmir Private Turkish College and was opened to visitors as a museum in 2001 after its restoration. Latife Hanım Uşakizade Mansion is open between 09:00 – 17:30 every day of the week except Sunday.

Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Cephesi
Izmir Konak Latife Hanim Usakligil Kosku Muammer

There were many houses of Uşakizades in Izmir. The mansion in Karşıyaka, which is now used as a museum and where Atatürk’s mother Zübeyde Hanım lost her life, is open to visitors today. Add Latife Hanım Mansion and Memorial House to your list of places to visit.