The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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Things continue speeding ahead at the G.A.R. building…and at the same time, for better or for worse, they are doing the same thing over here at Mindfield, so we are falling behind in our updates.  The Mindfield crews have been busy shooting and in and out of town and celebrating Thanksgiving…there’s a lot going on.31261-mvi_0834-apple_prores_422-scaled1000A quick drive by of the G.A.R. shows that for the most part, the exterior from the second level up is complete.  The roofers are finishing up the very top (flat section) of the building.  The new copper gutters are in place, the slate material is in place, they are wrapping the copper trim on the very top and placing the finish membrane above that.d0ff9-mvi_0850-apple_prores_422-scaled1000These pictures are of the copper team soldering the copper into gutter-shape prior to them being lifted to the roofline.43f4b-992_0219_01-scaled1000We’ll get the updates and the pictures back to a more timely schedule.06cb1-992_0233_01-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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