The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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GAR01The teams continue along restoring the storefronts at the G.A.R. building in Detroit. Mindfield still photographer Lindsey Yeo ran over yesterday to capture some of the fun.
GAR03GAR04Here are various shots from across the first level. Most exciting are those of the glass going back into the openings of the arched front entry. The exterior paint color matches the windows restored last fall.
GAR05The interior shots will be great “before” pictures for the diner and the kitchen. Check out the solid steel columns in diner photo on the right. We’ve stripped them down to bare steel…the exterior fronts look AWESOME in person.

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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