Bath night…or week, I guess, maybe bath month?.Everything needs a bath occasionally. And this century, it’s time for the Grand Army of the Republic Buildings here in Detroit. It’s actually part of a summer long facelift she’ll be getting. The real starting point to the entire renovation that will happen over the next year and a half or so.
We’ve brought on Akins Construction, a Detroit-based masonry company that specializes in historic rehabilitation. They brought a great resume to the project and were helpful in making their numbers fit ours.It’s been a slow start as they have had to have the original mortar analyzed so we can match what was used in 1899. Kind of like a DNA test for cement. We’ve been waiting on those results for a week or two now, but in the meantime they have been doing some minor “behind-the-scenes” patching and scraping flaking loose stone and bits of mortar which have been used to patch the building over the years.
This week they are doing the initial gentle wash of the building in preparation for the fun stuff. As new stone arrives on site (we believe we have located the original quarry, here in Michigan) they will begin in earnest to replace the bad stuff, prop up the good and fill in everything else. Once the tuck pointing and heavy lifting are done they will complete another bath to wrap their job.Also in the next few weeks, keep an eye out for a great construction “ballet” at the G.A.R., as the roofers and the windows guys will also be crawling around on the exterior making their magic happen at the same time. It’s gonna be a busy summer.
The team at Mindfield has completed a new logo for the building…we will post that in the next week or so. Should also have a few more cool announcements over the summer. Stay tuned.
All photos by Lindsey Yeo