The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

LIKE CHRISTMAS IN MAY

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IMG_7759Just when we think there is not much left to discover in Detroit’s G.A.R. building, she sends us a little bit of a surprise. Most recently Nick, our project manager, texted us photos of a detail he had uncovered.IMG_7781One of our favorite elements of the building has always been the columns found on all of the upper floors. Even under the decades of paint, their decorative capitols stand out and will make a great element to each of the new offices. On the first floor, in what will be the Republic Tavern, we have been walking around what look(ed) boring old square supports. Or so we thought.IMG_7791One day a few weeks back, Nick had a few free moments and a curiosity as to why these 4 or 5 were so ugly. And a hammer. This past week, we took the time to reveal a whole new aesthetic for the restaurant. An original detail for what was originally an open market will again see the light of day on the renovated first floor.IMG_7805Not sure if Nick reads this blog… if so, lunch is on us.IMG_7789
(and check out Nick’s t-shirt. He gets it!)

Photos by Mindfield’s Matt Reznik

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.

5 thoughts on “LIKE CHRISTMAS IN MAY

  1. It seems that the surprises never end. How can we ever thank you for all you have done for one of Detroit’s special treasures – our G.A.R. Hall.

  2. The pics are hear to see clearly, but the post behind Nick( in the last picture) seems to be a metallic/glaze upper area? Very neat uncovering, like I said before: it’s not a remodel/repurpose— it’s more an historic research dig. Keep up the good work folks!

  3. The pics are hard to see clearly, but the post behind Nick( in the last picture) seems to be a metallic/glaze upper area? Very neat uncovering, like I said before: it’s not a remodel/repurpose— it’s more an historic research dig. Keep up the good work folks!

  4. So awesome!!!!! Thank you for sharing the exciting steps in this journey!!!!!

  5. Delightful news! Your job is part restoration, part upgrading and part archeology. What a combination!

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