While there are few visible signs of the rehab being done at the G.A.R. – – we are off and running with all the behind the scenes work which are a necessary evil for the true construction phase. In the weeks and months since we closed on the building we have finalized contracts with our architect/builder team (Detroit-based Integrity Building Company) signed engineers, a window restoration team, a roofing firm and the environmental company which will abate 30 years of pigeon mess, asbestos and numerous layers of dirt dust and crud.
The most notable sign of progress in the G.A.R. rehab was the removal of almost 100 sheets of protective plywood which had been in place for nearly 30 years. We let the light back into the upper floors over the course of a week in early January and it marked the first time we had actually seen the interior of the building with anything more than flashlights. Like the opening of an Egyptian tomb – the many architectural treasures which the G.A.R. holds were even greater than we expected… and although the building is completely void of contents… there is so much detail in the design and architecture, we find something “new” to take in each time we walk through the building.
Soon, we fence off the site – and begin work in earnest. Cleaning, sealing and adding all the modern building systems which will help create what we feel will be the coolest address in the city of Detroit.
We’ll update this as regularly as there are interesting things to write about…Sunlight pours through the plate glass of the G.A.R. for the first time in almost 30 years.A typical “before” picture of what will become one of the most impressive work spaces in Detroit.Assessing the roofing conditions at 1942 W Grand River.