The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_9584Prep work continues on at the G.A.R. building in Detroit.  This past week we have revealed a bit more of how the space(s) on the first level were decorated.  The wall pictured below runs along the Cass Avenue side of the building in the space which will eventually become the diner.

I think we count 6 layers of wall paper…each pasted upon the last.DSC_9577

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.

4 thoughts on “MORE SCRAPS

  1. This is like historical time travel, each layer revealing more, and more. Very neat, keep up the awesome work you all are doing.

  2. Once I stripped 4 or so layers off a house in Dearborn. The plaster walls had never been painted and after the paper came off they were gorgeous. Beautiful colors had stained the naked plaster over the years. Hope you have similar luck!

  3. That orange-y layer with the flowers looks pretty interesting.

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