Detroit’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.We 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.When 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.Tomorrow 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.
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo and Matt Reznik