The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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Not a lot new to write about this time around… much more of the same happening at the G.A.R. with regards to the restoration of the exterior.  There’s more to see than talk about.

We did have one great discovery last week outside under the circular windows we realized someone covered a great wood detail with a (easier to maintain) piece of metal.  Painted, it was hard to call out from street level but with the team up close and on lifts we found it.  Needless to say – the metal will go away and our carpenters will restore the original look and feel.4e272-gar-woodundercirclewindow1-scaled1000b5db9-gar-woodundercirclewindow2-scaled1000Check out a couple close ups of the stonework.  There was one piece that had slipped out above one of the windows.  Here, they got the stone back in place and patched with the similar mortar from 1899.8946c-gar-mortor-in-scaled1000c994d-gar-newstone-aug2012-scaled1000Last but not least, the “half circle” windows from the balcony level.  A cool angle from the interior shows the green space across Grand River at DTE.952f4-gar-halfcirclewindow-aug2012-scaled1000

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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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