Location: Grand Rapids, MI
In 1923, the Rowe Hotel was one of Grand Rapids’ finest luxury inns, housing business travelers and hosting community galas. Over the ensuing decades, the Rowe Hotel changed names, owners, and ranged in use – from a WWII Army Air Force weather school, a downtown senior hostel, and finally as Olds Manor, a senior retirement home. After becoming vacant in 2001, The Rowe sat for years while plans to restore the historic building slowly developed; and now, it has reestablished its place in Grand Rapids’ city core.
The building features nearly 80 one and two-bedroom market-rate apartments, including condominiums on the 10th and newly added 11th floor. The transformation of a multi-level basement resulted in highly-valued underground real estate for resident parking. Additionally, the project features nearly 10,000 SF of ground floor retail and restaurant space and resident amenities including 2nd floor resident storage, a common rooftop terrace, community room and fitness center.
The Rowe underwent an extensive exterior restoration and reconstruction of the building’s statuettes, ornate masonry and terra cotta facades, reestablishing its stately place in downtown Grand Rapids. Honoring the Rowe’s rich architectural history, a modern interpretation of its original canopy marks the entry point for residents. Additionally, the original iron and glass street front windows were recreated using modern, proportionally accurate, custom aluminum storefront systems. Recognizing the Rowe’s historic urban presence, the newly added metal and glass-clad 11th floor condominium footprint respectfully retreats from the decorative cornice perimeter, resulting in green roof and resident outdoor terrace space within this intentional buffer zone.
The Rowe’s renovation and rebranding has revived the vibrancy and glamour of its earlier years. The reinvestment in one of Grand Rapids’ most treasured relics has resulted in a mixed-use/multifamily housing and retail center that will continue to provide quality urban living and retail space.