The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic





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.


  1. This is a very classical building that deserves to be restored. I will come down and visit when your place is open to the public. Let me know when that will be. Kathy

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are always happy to hear from people that are as excited about the restoration of the G.A.R. Building Detroit as we are. If all goes as planned, we anticipate a Spring 2014 opening.

  3. The restoration of the entrance is brilliant. Look forward to seeing more

  4. I first saw the G.A.R. Building in the late 1990’s. I could see then the tremendous potential that castlelike edifice had. I thought to myself “someone else has to see what I’m seeing” then a few years later you guys came along.
    Amazing job you guys are doing. Remarkable!

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