The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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GIVE ME A HAND (RAIL)?

DSC_7697As we move closer and closer to move-in day – the final details are taking shape and most of the original elements are going back into place. 100 plus years of paint and dirt took it’s toll…but luckily, our teams restoration efforts are beginning to show what the architects had planned for the G.A.R. back in the 1890’s.DSC_7699In addition to the handrails being stripped and repaired you can see the toe kicks along the stairs are being restored and made as close to original as possible.

Imagine the aging veterans making their way up these stairs in the 1920’s and 30’s.

Note that the walls have also all been plastered and restored to their original look and feel as well.


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WHERE THE OLD MEETS THE NEW

More close up shots of Detroit’s G.A.R. building… as to keep the finished product under wraps for another week or two.

The old floor in the assembly hall meeting the new wainscoting (replacing what was torn away decades ago).

Both getting ready for finishes.

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Photo by Lindsey Yeo


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A TURRET RESTORED

DSC_4849The turret at the corner of Grand River and Adams, before.

We have probably mentioned here at some point, but the majority of the water damage in Detroit’s G.A.R. building happened under each of the building’s two turrets. Over the years, people would break into the building, run up to the roof to look around and then leave the access open for snow and rain to make its way in.

Our “plaster guy” Dave recently completed the circle in the turret in what will be Mindfield’s office. We call that area “Lindsey’s office”… long story.DSC_6970And after.

All photos by Lindsey Yeo

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