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Fox News Detroit Features Story On Future of The G.A.R. | Mindfield

Detroit’s G.A.R. Building getting a new life
By Jason Carr – WJBK

What was once old will soon be new again. A Detroit landmark will soon be home to new businesses and a restaurant. The Grand Army of the Republic building currently being renovated.

Looming over the corner of Cass and Grand River is Detroit’s “castle.” Detroit’s G.A.R. Building was built as a post, a lodge by and for veterans of the Civil War. It’s one of the city’s most historic and recognizable buildings. It’s been vacant for 30 years, but now it’s being restored.

David and Tom Carleton are two of the new owners. The brothers’ creative firm, Mindfield, will occupy the top floors; levels two and three will be leased to similar companies.

It’s a massive renovation, but builder Brian Mooney says parts of the limestone building, like its 100 year old banisters, are just as sound as they were back in 1899. 130 windows will be reinstalled. Total project cost? $2.5 million. A museum and restaurant are planned at ground level.

The renovation is painstaking, it’s costly, but those involved say it’s worth it to be part of Detroit’s rebirth. Move in day is Veteran’s day 2013.

Author: G.A.R. Building

The G.A.R. building was purchased by the media production firm Mindfield from the City of Detroit in November, 2011. Mindfield has started renovating the G.A.R., with opening slated for November 2014. Mindfield plans to occupy the top two floors itself, lease the ground floor for 2 restaurants, and dedicate a memorial to Civil War Veterans. The G.A.R. Building was designed by architect Julian Hess, and constructed at 1942 West Grand River and Cass as an appropriate structure for meetings and other G.A.R. related activities. The original construction cost was split between the Grand Army of the Republic (who paid $6000 of the cost) and the city of Detroit (who paid the remainder of the $44,000 total cost). Construction commenced in 1897 on the five-story building.


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