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The Grand Army of the Republic

THE G.A.R. TAKES CENTER STAGE

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DSC_9484Mindfield co-owner and G.A.R. “re-habber” Sean Emery was asked this week to speak to the history of one of Detroit’s oldest buildings and update the crowd of Detroit enthusiasts on the progress of the renovation.

Mindfield’s good friend Charlie Wollburg put the event together.

Sean is becoming our resident historian on all things “Grand Army”.

It’s a good story to tell.DSC_9512

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.

One thought on “THE G.A.R. TAKES CENTER STAGE

  1. Let us know in advance next time!

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