The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



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..DSC_9537DSC_9543DSC_9542 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.DSC_9732DSC_9637DSC_9638This 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.DSC_9538

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.

2 thoughts on “SUBTERRANEAN…

  1. Wonderful project. Fine workmanship. Did I miss it or is there no fire protection sprinkler system being installed?

  2. There will be one, yes. The team performed water pressure tests last week. All good. The
    pipes get installed in the next week or two.

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