The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



Over the past year or so we’ve taken more than 5,000 photo’s of Detroit’s G.A.R. building. Mindfield photographers have captured dead pigeons, abandoned furniture and buckled hardwood floors. With all that mess removed, the images are now all about the rebuild. By the time the building is complete, we’d guesstimate upwards of 20,000 pictures. That doesn’t even touch on the video and interviews, there’ll be a few hundred hours of that.

This week is a little slower at the castle… here are a few shots from the files…

DSC_9541Assembly Hall turret interior

DSC_9204Exposed wall at landing leading from assembly hall to balcony

DSC_9211Balcony level looking back towards hallway

DSC_9208Assembly Hall ceiling

DSC_9197Assembly hall ceiling (looking straight up)

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.

7 thoughts on “BRICK AND LATH…

  1. Captured dead pigeons??

  2. Hell yeah! Keep up the good work 🙂

  3. I hadn’t checked you blog for a while and when I did, I found that Posterous had been shut down. So glad to see that you moved over to WordPress and continue to report on the progress of this beautiful building. If you have an open house, I would love to come see the completed results! I drive by every day and couldn’t be happier to see the GAR coming back to life.

    • Thanks, Brian. We’re happy people are digging the updates and we are just as impatient in getting the G.A.R. back online. We think in the end it will be well worth the wait.

  4. Thanks for restoring the G.A.R. building! I see it quite often when I go to concerts at the Filmore or the Fox, and I’m looking forward to checking out the restaurants when they open.

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