Here’s a design question we thought we would get some outside opinions on… what do you think we should do with the four niches which are found on two sides of the G.A.R. Building in downtown Detroit? One might imagine how cool they would look with statues of Civil War soldiers standing in each. Sadly, the original plans to the building have been lost over the years and we have no drawings to indicate the original intent of the architects.There are two niches each on both the Grand River and Cass sides of the building. We are guessing (and we know the builders were working with a tight budget) that they ran out of money and could not afford to place any statues of the soldiers in them. They have sat empty since the day the building was complete.
The question now is, do we put the statues in anyways (assuming that was the intent of the architect) or do we leave them entirely empty (as that was how the building was ultimately constructed in 1900.)?Which “historically accurate” path should we go down?
Thanks for weighing in!
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo