The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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83667-dsc_1247-scaled1000Open Door Policy… (at least it was Friday)This past weekend, Detroit’s G.A.R. Building played host to her first group of guests in several decades.  Sean, Tom and I welcomed the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) and more than one hundred attendees to their annual Fall Fundraiser.e03bb-dsc_1288-scaled100066ea5-dsc_1384-scaled1000ab89c-dsc_1415-scaled1000The MHPN is a non-profit group focusing on the preservation and restoration of historic structures across the state and what better group to have in and to help show off the “before” conditions of the G.A.R.?e6d50-dsc_1448-scaled10005e22c-dsc_1468-scaled1000e93d1-dsc_1584-scaled1000The night started with a variety of foods provided by Detroit-based vendors and an open bar, everyone then took part in a complete tour of the building and wrapped with an auction and a verbal walk thru of the restoration project.
43468-dsc_1722-scaled1000ab603-dsc_1759-scaled10008648b-dsc_1769-scaled1000All-in-all a great night, an awesome first chance for curious types to check out the building and a lot of fun for the 3 of us to welcome friends (new and old) inside the G.A.R.d91a3-dsc_1796-scaled10006e21d-dsc_1742-scaled1000

All photos by Lindsey Yeo

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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