The salvage “Gods” smiled on Detroit’s G.A.R. building during the years which it sat vacant. Many of the empty buildings in the city (or any city) usually were torn apart by scrappers in search of anything sell-able. While the G.A.R. was hardly left untouched, we realize it could have been a lot worse than it is.When the teams started assessing the elevator, they were pleased to see the shape it was in. It’s best days were behind it, but there are original elements we will actually use alongside the new system. We’re told the new system is currently being engineered at a plant somewhere in the south. In the meantime, the crew on site is prepping the elevator shaft to make room for new gear.Gone are the old electrical runs, the cables and wheels and original doors. We will re-use the rails within the shaft and the somewhat ornate ceiling section from the cab. And of course, anything else we can re-purpose as a design element will stay in the building. Keep an eye out for it.Here are a few shots of the team at work.
Photos by Mindfield’s Lindsey Yeo