The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



Lindsey, our photographer at Mindfield was off last week…so we have a lot to catch up on.  She spent most of today at the castle taking pictures of all the work the team pulled together when she was out.

The most noticeable change would be the addition of the bar framing in the Republic Tavern.  We’d been staring at lines on the floors for months – so seeing the knee wall in place is a big step towards better visualizing what goes where and what else will fit around it.DSC_4178This is what you’ll see upon walking into the restaurant. If you look past all the tools and stacks of drywall you can see the wood framing leaning off to the right.  The bar runs parallel to Grand River along the front of the space. If it looks big to you – that was our reaction as well.  There is a great bar back going in on the rear of the bar but even still, we hope you’re thirsty.  We’ll have plenty of room for you.DSC_4185
DSC_4182 If you look closely you can see we have stripped the paint off the recently revealed columns to highlight the bare steel surface.  There are a total of 4 columns running from the back to the front of the space.  They remain one of the coolest “finds” in Detroit’s G.A.R. building.DSC_4160

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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