The teams working to remove loose plaster from the G.A.R. building in downtown Detroit made an awesome new discovery last week. The trades found a previously unknown fireplace opening in one of what we call the “turret rooms”. There are 2 chases along Cass Ave. which we knew ran from the basement up through the roof but we were unaware how many (if any) of the spaces they had serviced in the past.
These images are from the third floor in a room on the corner of Grand River and Cass. The only thing that makes this find even more cool is the fireplace is in a room where there had been a large cigar humidor built by the “Boys in Blue”. Imagine these former soldiers sitting in front of a roaring fire, smoking cigars and having a scotch or 2. Priceless…
Initial plans are to restore the fireplace to its original (albeit non-working) look and feel.
All photos by Lindsey Yeo