Our Building’s History

In early 1920’s Grand Rapids, The Hotel Rowe was greeted with great enthusiasm as the local population was growing and accommodations were lacking. Spearheaded by Fred N. Rowe, president of Valley City Milling Co., the hotel opened in January 1923. Over the years, the name and ownership changed as the hotel hosted U.S. presidents and common folk alike, welcoming them to this grand city. By 1963, the building transformed into the area’s first urban-based retirement home, Olds Manor, which remained for decades.

Filled with a heritage of midwest hospitality and downtown style, the ROWE once again brings vibrant urban living to the intersection of Michigan and Monroe. With a nod to the past and commitment to the future, this residence is a literal doorstep to everything Grand Rapids has to offer.