This portrait of Robert Rowan hangs in the Resident’s Lounge in Rowan Lofts
The Rowan gets its name from its famed builder, real estate developer Robert A. Rowan [1875-1918]. Rowan was a second generation developer, his father George Rowan was one of the pioneers of development in Los Angeles. George owned a large portfolio of properties on Broadway which at the time was called Fort Street. Rowan began his real estate career at 22, first working for William May Garland for several years before going on his own in 1901 and later forming R.A. Rowan & Company with a few of his brothers in 1905. Robert came from a family of eight and he had five brothers and two sisters.
R. A. Rowan & Co. did an enormous amount of building downtown. They are responsible for the Alexandria Hotel, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Rosslyn Hotel, the Security building, Merchants National Bank Building, the Title Insurance building, the Title Guarantee Building and a number of other historic buildings downtown. Rowan also developed the residential community of Windsor Square (approximately 200 acres).
At the time Rowan was built, it was an office building and housed some of Los Angeles’s most prestigious law firms and stock brokerages. Like many buildings in the historic core, the Rowan fell into disrepair. Goodwin Gaw, President of Downtown Properties saw an opportunity to create this unique urban living environment.
Rowan Lofts offers residents some really nice amenities. There is a 24-hour front desk which is great for security, the lobby has a receiving area that is simply jaw dropper! Great for creating impressions. There is a residents lounge with kitchenette, Flat Screen TV, Wifi internet, and Mens and womens bathrooms on the 2nd floor that can be reserved for gatherings and private parties. No comment on interior design choice for the chains hanging from the walls…