The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_9176The 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.DSC_9174

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.

One thought on “THIS IS HOT…!

  1. How cool………would love to see this when it is completely restored

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