Sometimes I find a story about someplace in Michigan, and I take a trip to see it, but other times, I go somewhere in Michigan and a story finds me. I was at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and while I was there I wondered around the campus a little to marvel at the beautiful buildings and scenery. I took this pic of Holmdene Hall, and when I googled it, I found some interesting stuff. Holmdene Hall was originally built as a family home for Edward Lowe and his family in 1903. He was such a prominent member of Grand Rapids society that president Theodore Roosevelt stayed there when he visited Grand Rapids for a speech in 1911. In 1945, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids bought the estate and moved Aquinas College there from its site downtown. The mansion served as the main offices and classroom building for about 10 years while new construction expanded the college.
According to the internet , students and staff have reported strange events in the old mansion. Like lights mysteriously turning on and off. The elevator seems to be operating as if someone was in it, when there is no one inside. Others say doors slam shut on their own. There is also a rumor that Mr Lowe’s son, James drowned in a pond on the property, or that he fell down a dumbwaiter shaft and died, but that is not true. He moved to San Francisco and became a successful businessman and died at the age of 65.
I don’t know whether the house is haunted or not, but it sure is fascinating to me to find an interesting history to someplace I randomly photograph.
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