The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_9612Detroit’s G.A.R. received a big delivery Tuesday morning with the arrival of 8 custom made doors to restore the entrances to the building. Over the years, the exterior doors had been stripped of their hardware, pushed in, pulled out, nailed shut and generally the victim of weather rot as they sat in decades of rain and snow.Sequence 1 11We hired a Grand Rapids company, Raven Millwork, to build the replacements. Their team constructed 2 sets of double doors for the main arched-entrance along Grand River, 1 each for the restaurant outlets and 2 for the openings to what hopefully will be patio seating along the Adams Street side of the building.Sequence 1 17When the temporary plywood and visqueen is finally removed we’ll have restored the look and feel to what hundreds of Civil War veterans knew when they first saw the completed building in 1900.Sequence 1 13Tomorrow we take delivery of the remaining sheet glass for the storefronts. Those, along with the new doors will complete the exterior restoration of Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic building.DSC_9629

Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo and Matt Reznik

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.


  1. if you bend over long enough that an admiirng glance turns into a long stare you need to stop it. Bending over like that can be hard on your back. Be smart, crouch or kneel down. Guys will still watch, the gun may still print, but your back will like you a lot more for it.

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