The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

G.A.R. as A.R.T.

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DSC_4964Detroit’s G.A.R. building has fostered thousands of stories over it’s 100+ year history.  From those the veterans brought home from the Civil War to the many lives this building has touched as a Parks and Recreation center and even more as it sat empty for the last 3 decades.DSC_4812Mindfield photographer Lindsey Yeo has documented our entire process of bringing this structure back to life.  This morning, we arrived at the office to this assortment of pictures she has had framed. These originals will hang in our building on Library Street.DSC_4839But, we think they are way too cool not to share here.

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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.

2 thoughts on “G.A.R. as A.R.T.

  1. Beautiful images. Every photo has so much history. I keep imagining all the things that could have gone on in that building during its years in operation.

    I truly admire what you guys are doing. I have been in Los Angeles for almost eight years now, but I never tire of seeing the progress in my home city. I definitely plan come back and add my investment sense. I commend your dedication.

  2. Outstanding work!

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