Built in 1891 for a cost of approximately $30,000 - $40,000, the T. J. Ramsdell Building serves as the anchor to the most prominent corner in Manistee, Michgan. Situated in the heart of Downtown Manistee on the corner of River and Maple Street, the Ramsdell Building was originally built to serve First National Bank. Designed by Fred Hollister of East Saginaw, the 26' x 100' building footprint has four total floors, the bottom two comprised of granite and the top two of brick.
Prior notable businesses in this building consisted of First National Bank, City Drug, Leila's Clothing, Olen's Painting & more. The building was falling into disrepair until 2000 when a philanthropist stepped forward to take on the massive project to restore the entire building and transform it into the quaint 10-room inn and lower-level commercial space - currently T. J.’s Pub. Restored to its original glory, the upper two floors of the Ramsdell Building each consist of five rooms with corner suites featuring magnificent views of downtown and the river. The main level bank lobby has been transformed to a reception and special events/meeting space. The original bank vault is still in tact for exploration.
In the lower-level of the building, T. J.'s Pub creates a new life to this 100+ year-old building with seating for up to 50 patrons, a cozy fireplace, a full bar, lunch and dinner daily and 12 drafts on tap. Visit the T.J.’s Pub and the Ramsdell Inn to see the unique characteristics of this beautifully restored gem in Downtown Manistee.