The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic building has fostered thousands of stories over its 100+ year history. We take immeasurable pride in renovating the Detroit Grand Army of the Republic building, where the veterans of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg, met regularly and recounted those three bloody days in July, 1863.

It is our goal to perpetuate those memories of the men who wore the blue uniform of the Union army and later of the Grand Army of the Republic for future generations.

Happy Veterans Day!!!


Detroit area Civil War veterans photographed at a memorial event in 1929.

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 thought you might enjoy this – a period recording of these men playing:

  2. Thanks for continuing to remember our Civil War Boys in Blue. The photo is an awesome one!

  3. We’ve seen that video on youtube…it’s great it was captured. Amazing stuff. Think of what those gentlemen lived through. Thanks for reaching out!

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