The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_9898That would be a single new storefront window at Detroit’s G.A.R. building, and there are a couple dozen (+) going in this spring. With the final delivery of sheet glass this week, all will have been set back in place. It’s been decades since the original glass was replaced with glass block and eventually sheets of plywood.DSC_9913In restoring the building to its original appearance, out went all of the ugly stuff and in is going many (very) large sheets of glass. As you’ll see, some of them measure almost 8′ square. The 2 restaurant outlets will have crazy amounts of natural light… especially as the building has street frontage on every side. There are 8 large window openings in the diner alone.DSC_9800The teams have been bringing them in a truckload at a time and fitting them to the openings. The carpenters have been finishing the trim work behind them and painters following suit.DSC_9745When the doors go back in to the main entrance in the next week or so, we’ll reveal the restored main entrance… keep an eye out.DSC_9715

Photos by Mindfield’s 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.

3 thoughts on “WHAT WEIGHS 500 POUNDS AND…?

  1. Love your building. when will you open it to the public? Kathy

  2. Are you taking reservations now? I would love to get my name on the list. I worked downtown at Howard and Trumbull for 7 years and drove by this building regularly and just love it. I am very happy it is being restored.

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