The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_3525DSC_3078Last fall, Mindfield and Detroit’s G.A.R. building had the honor of hosting the afternoon session of TEDx DetroitDSC_3385 DSC_3409More than 100 of the TEDx attendees were transported from the GEM Theater via Detroit Bus Company buses.  These early visitors to the G.A.R. were guided through the building and up to the 4th floor for presentations by Amy Elliot Bragg of Detroit Drunken Historical Society and Mindfield partner Sean Emery. DSC_3417 DSC_3439A highlight for us all happened as we invited the audience to scribble their thoughts and wishes for a new Detroit on the interior walls of the G.A.R..  Soon thereafter we posted a few photos from the event on our blog.  DSC_2807DSC_3442Here is another selection of those writings.  Enjoy. DSC_3455 DSC_3473

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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