The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



If we said this wasn’t fun!Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 1.30.35 PMWith the green light in December, we’re moving ahead on all fronts to get Detroit’s G.A.R. building back up and running in 2014.  Of course, Murphy’s Law would have it that we are kicking this off during Mindfield’s busiest time of year and in the midst of the N.A.I.A.S..  Fortunately, our team excels at multi-tasking.This week, the principals behind the restaurants met to finalize the equipment list, cross check the proposed menu’s and play with the layout for the facility.  We have an added challenge of one single kitchen serving both the diner and the tavern.  Fortunately, we have a phenomenal team with years of experience in making the “behind the scenes” run smoothly.Principal Architect, John Biggar from IBG (Integrity Building Group) was kept busy sketching ideas and scribbling out and sketching again.Next week the G.A.R. will be abuzz again and moving everything forward.

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.

2 thoughts on “WE’D BE LYING…

  1. Great to hear about the progress. Looking forward to having lunch there.

    You all are such period restoration purists you are even using the same technology in your building design as the original builders used! They did not have the advantage of 3 dimensional digital models where you could virtually experience the space BEFORE it is built.

  2. So excited to hear that you are moving full speed ahead. Can’t wait to see the GAR come back to life filled with people. Congrats!

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