The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

BREAK ON THROUGH

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DSC_9658DSC_9724At this point, the mechanical chase at the G.A.R. building in Detroit is completely open and the trades are busy running their systems from basement to attic. There was an interesting negotiation between all the companies vying for as much space as they could get. At the end of the day, the single shaft will contain ventilation from the from the restaurants, plumbing lines, electrical lines, the HVAC system, IT, phones, a security system and on and on and on.DSC_9776DSC_9786As none of these elements existed previously so walls and floors were opened for better access. These photos show the prep work on the 4th floor.DSC_9806

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 “BREAK ON THROUGH

  1. Thank you for continuing to give us a glimpse of the work going on at the GAR Building. What transformation! Wenda Fore

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