About the Alden

A Little History

The Edsel Ford House next door.

The Alden Towers were built in 1923 by real estate developer C. C. Williams. The architect on record, Edwin Rorke, designed several buildings throughout the country that have since made their way into the National Register of Historic Places. The building's red brick façade and grey stone trim are characteristic of its Tudor revival design.

At the time of the towers' construction, automotive industry scion Edsel Ford and his wife Eleanor lived in a beautiful home on the adjoining property. Averse to the notion of living next door to a large-scale apartment complex, the Fords famously commissioned noted architect Albert Kahn to design the Ford estate located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in nearby Grosse Pointe Shores. Their home on East Jefferson Avenue was subsequently demolished.

Today at Alden Towers

An aerial view of Alden Towers in 1933

In 2012 the property was purchased and the renovation process began immediately. All units have been updated to include the amenities of modern living. Careful attention was paid to the preservation of as much historic detail as possible. Residents of this 380-unit apartment complex can enjoy:

  • Studio, One, Two and Three Bedrooms
    (300 sq. ft. to 1300 sq. ft.)
  • Completely Remodeled Units
  • Large Closets and Charming Built-Ins
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Brand New Appliances
  • Premier Riverfront Location
  • Reserved Underground Valet Parking
  • Reserved Surface Parking
  • 24-hour Controlled Building Access & Courtesy Patrol
  • Historic Building
  • Spectacular Views
  • State-of-the-Art On-site Laundry
  • Modern Fitness Center
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • River Courtyard with Barbeque Grill, Tables, and Benches
  • Control Accessed Bike Storage
  • Bicycle Maintenance Station