The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_2095DSC_2087One thing the Detroit’s G.A.R. building did NOT have was a full bathroom. And while you might not know it to look at us – there are some occasional workouts and morning runs downtown prior to sitting down at our desks. So, we’re adding one full bath, washer / dryer and a place to freshen up after yet another 20 hour day at Mindfield.DSC_2247DSC_2258It’s rough to envision in it’s current state but, on the balcony level where a walk in closet used to sit off the last “turret room”, we’re adding just such facilities. It had been the most “dead” space in the building. It was part long hallway and part closet and neither of any use.DSC_2312The stairway to the attic is off to the right in one photo. Our man Nick chips away at some hanging brick in another.DSC_2326DSC_2249And if you can read Spanish…

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.

3 thoughts on “DOWN THE HALL

  1. The “new room” – sounds like a great idea to me.

  2. First time I have been to this site, amazing work! I was so engrossed with the progress! I will be excited to come down for a tour and dinner. Thanks for all your hard work and not only for help shaping the future of detroit but for preserving some of the past. Love the photos!

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