The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



Gar_Statue_3Great response to the filling of the niches at the G.A.R. – between this blog and FB – seems we’d all like to see what (we’re assuming) was the plan to have “something” represented in the 4 spots along Grand River and Cass. Leading ideas are the 4 branches of the military and then people integral to the building itself (including our good friend Celestine).

Here is a (very) quick look at statues in place – thanks to one of our designers at Mindfield and 2 minutes with photoshop.

Check it out – and thanks to everyone who weighed in.

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.

8 thoughts on “REPORTING FOR DUTY…

  1. …but you should paint them bright yellow (David’s favorite color)

  2. Uh-uh…looks like the Disneyland version

  3. I just love the photoshop work! Four of our Boys in Blues would be the BEST đŸ˜‰ Maybe there should be a photo salute to Celestine in the building when it is done, maybe a plaque of some kind to honor the work of this relentless Daughter of a Union Veteran.


  4. Awesome. Looks very, very cool!

  5. The installation of CW soldiers representing the navy, artillery, infantry, and cavalry would be correct. The Peace Jubilee Band using CW over-the-shoulder horns is ready to perform at the GAR dedication. I own the First Michigan Regimental bugle, and would like to play the Call to the Colors.

  6. Correct spelling of my last name is Pollock (printing error)

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