The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_4374DSC_2454We’ve been entrenched in paperwork “limbo” as of late…waiting for teams of lawyers to cross t’s and dot i’s… so not too many interesting images lately. No one is more excited than we 3 to see new signs of progress on the G.A.R…. trust us.DSC_4371DSC_0429In the meantime – we’ve dug back into the photo archives and come up with a few “before and during pictures” of the rehab work. Nothing recent. Just images to keep you interested. We’ll be kicking things off soon. Keep an eye out – it’s gonna be a busy fall.DSC_4366DSC_0431

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. I visit your site at least weekly to see if there are any updates. I am very excited to see the progress that has been made inside. So, anytime you can post up a quick picture to show something new, that would be great.

    I do have a question. When is the restaurant scheduled to open in the street level? I was hoping it would be by this November but it clearly looks like that won’t be the case. Just drop a note when you expect it to be open. I want to be sure to visit when it opens.



  2. BTW, what is the issue with lawyers? Why are they getting involved in this project? Can you give more details? Just curious.



  3. Hey Stephen – Thanks for keeping an eye on things. Looking like spring time on the new outlets. We had hoped for fall ourselves – but some things remain out of our control. Nothing exciting with regards to the lawyers. Just keep everything in order. Doing what they do. Will post more pictures when we have something fun to show…

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