The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

A LITTLE WINDEX AND A COAT OF PAINT…

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Okay, so maybe it’s taking a bit more than one coat of paint…but these images (one photo and one computer rendering) are a glimpse of what we’re calling the “starting” and the “finish” line at Mindfield’s soon-to-be new offices.

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As found…
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…and as finished.

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.

6 thoughts on “A LITTLE WINDEX AND A COAT OF PAINT…

  1. So cool. Hope you have tours when finished!

  2. Can’t wait to see it again…. Was there in the spring.

  3. Will you publicize tours of the building?

  4. I hope you keep “R-2” !

  5. Great work being done here to “bring back” a beautiful old treasured building! Thank you for doing so, new owners!

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