A big week over at the G.A.R. building in downtown Detroit. There’s lots of plywood and glass block being hauled off in a dumpster and we’re pulling out replacement stone and moving that into storage. With the work to restore the arched entry well underway – we have brought in reinforcement teams to tear out what had filled the storefronts for most of the last century. As mentioned, we’re finalizing our plans are to completely restore the exterior of the building to its original look and feel.
A quick search on the internet turns up photos and postcards from the early part of the 20th century. We have found great shots of the building with horse drawn carriages riding down dirt streets in front of the G.A.R. It is from these photos we are drawing our references for the new facade. We are hoping – barring any unforeseen delays we’ll have photos of the new and improved facade in early April.
Until then – check out these action shots.