I think we’ve mentioned how cool the basement is at the G.A.R. building in Detroit. Although we don’t know how much some of the trades are digging it right now. A big part of updating all the utilities is finding where the old ones were and seeing how much is still usable.
We’ve had some good luck recently with some of the electrical runs into the building and this past week it was time for the plumbing guys to do some digging of their own. We’ve been working with the Fred Barton Plumbing Company for years on some of our other projects in the city. They we’re a no-brainer to help us renovate the G.A.R.. Around the corner from the digging another team is helping up demo an old wall and expanding the space where we will store the kegs for the restaurant. It’s not a large building so every available inch will be used in one way or another. From this part of the basement is is a short run to where the bar will be built up above. You’ll notice the piles of bricks around the work area. We’re planning to re-use everything we can in the new build out.This last shot is a remnant of the original elevator equipment. Looks like something out of Frankenstein’s lab. Back behind it you can see where the new electric lines will enter the building.
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo