The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_3085From the kitchen looking toward the Grand River windows.

DSC_2953Looking accross what will eventually be the bar.

The existing floors in both the Parks and Rec Diner and the Republic Tavern had to be trenched in order to run all the new mechanical through the restaurants. The cuts were made months ago and we’ve been stepping over them ever since while the plumbing, electrical and bar lines were set in place.

DSC_3098Where the Diner counter will be.

DSC_3229Wet concrete.

This week, we’ve been able to stop jumping about as we finally are at a place where they can be filled in and the floor made whole again. The teams worked the final prep in the am – and the cement truck arrived just after lunch. Then the pouring began.

DSC_3362Finished look.

DSC_3233Wet concrete vs. terrazzo.

Concrete is not generally exciting on it’s own, but as it brings us one step closer, we think it is kinda cool. In fact as the walls can now begin to go up in place, we think concrete is actually very cool.

DSC_3416All dry the next day.

All photos by 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.

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