The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_1255-2Now that the “construction” type layout is in place and we know where the kitchen and bathrooms will go, we are in process of planning the interior design for the 2 restaurant outlets.DSC_1064Over the years, Mindfield has worked with some awesome Art Directors and Set Designers.  This past week, we brought one of our favorites in from Los Angeles, Michigan-born Peter Gurski.  The team met and had an initial tour of the G.A.R. and started plans for the look and feel of both the tavern and the diner.DSC_1213Gurski has a long and impressive resume that includes the TV programs “Will and Grace”, “The Ellen Show” and HBO’s “Entourage”.  Gurski’s work in LA has also led him to hosting several design shows on HGTV as well as interior design for the homes of many Hollywood notables.

We’re excited to have him on the team…

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.

6 thoughts on “THE BIG GUNS…

  1. Other than the fact that I’m disappointed that my dream of living in the GAR has been dashed, I’m incredibly excited with what you guys are doing with that amazing building. Thanks for the updates.

  2. Please tell me the beautiful G.A.R. “regimen” tile work will be preserved.

  3. I would love to go on a tour! I work downtown and have driven & walked past this building for 14 years. It has always caught my eye. Is there anyway I can get in? Pretty pretty please! And thank you!

    • Hi Julia, Thanks for your interest in the G.A.R. Building! Unfortunately because it is a live construction site we are unable to grant tours at this time, we can’t wait for you to see the building when it’s finished!

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