The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

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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.


Photo by Lindsey Yeo

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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.

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DSC_6504The completed G.A.R. building in Detroit will be an exciting mix of the old and the new. A reflection of the past with a unique polish which will prepare it for a long relevant future.DSC_6526DSC_6658That future was given a serious shot in the arm this past week as we hosted one of LA’s most exciting young artists, Gregory Siff. Siff made his first visit to the “D” alongside former Detroiter and the G.A.R.’s interior designer Peter Gurski. The 2 took in the city from the riverfront to the D.I.A. to our favorite speakeasy D’Mongos’.DSC_6717Wednesday night, in front of a small circle of Mindfield friends, Siff created his first piece ever in Detroit. A wall sized installation which now graces the bar area of Republic. His work is spot on in representing Detroit’s character and the people who make this place the awesome city that it is.DSC_6760Come see it this fall when we open the tavern.DSC_6788Oh, and check out the t-shirt he’s sporting. I think our new friend is a fan of the city.DSC_6899

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Every time we think we’ve found the last of the cool “leftovers” in the G.A.R. building in Detroit – she comes back at us with something we’d never imagine.

Early on it was a carved wooden spoon, we’ve since found whiskey bottles tucked away in the rafters, an 100+ year old milk bottle and a pick ax (which we still have no idea why that was left above a ceiling joist).

Our latest find might be one of the coolest.

We have 2 awesome gentlemen who are helping with the miscellaneous jobs around the building. There names are George and Terrance (who goes by “T”). One of my favorites things is to see either of them when we walk through the castle – always a great smile and a quick hello.

A few weeks back they were cleaning 2 of the I-beams in the basement – so that we could coat them and cut down on any future rust. After the scraped the sides of one, some print came into focus… C-A-R-N-E-G-I-E…(odd)…a bit more revealed S-T-E-E-L.

Carnegie Steel.

Andrew Carnegie purchased a few steel mills in Pennsylvania in the 1880’s. In 1892 he assembled all his steel holdings and formed the steel company with his name on it. Less than 10 years later he sold his firm for the equivalent of what would be more than 13 Billion of today’s dollars.

Somewhere in between he shipped a few pieces to Detroit to hold up the Grand Army Building.

Our friends George and “T” have now made sure they stick around for another hundred years or so.

Cool, eh?

Carnegie Steel

Carnegie Steel

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DSC_6207DSC_6285We’re going to hold off on any “wide shots” of Detroit’s G.A.R. Building for a while. As we near the home stretch with the finishes, we want to leave the big picture images until the end. The good news is Mindfield photog Lindsey has a great eye for the cool detail shots.DSC_6251DSC_6241It’s good to work with such talented people. Enjoy the limited look around.DSC_6290DSC_6221

All photos by Lindsey Yeo

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DSC_5649 The most interesting thing about these pictures is that there are no trades in them. Considering the numbers of workers we have in the building right now, Mindfield photog Lindsey must have been there at lunch time today.  The building was oddly quiet.DSC_5685DSC_5744Just some progress shots from throughout the G.A.R. building in Detroit.DSC_5707Enjoy!DSC_5729-Edit

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