Most people are surprised to see how spartan the interior finishes are at the Grand Army building in Detroit. While it sat empty for 30 years, passersby had lots of time to imagine how cool it must look on the inside. While it IS very cool inside, it is not overly ornate in it’s design.
The one space, fittingly, where there are a few more details is the Assembly Hall, or theatre on the top floor. This space will soon be home to the Mindfield offices. Both the balcony front and the coved ceilings have great plaster molding details. While a lot of it survived the “empty years” there are large gaps which need to be filled in.
Last week, our “plaster” guy set up shop in the former theatre. Dave claims he has been a fan of the castle since he was a kid. He says he has built models of castles and always dreamed of working on this one. We’re happy to have him on the team.
These are a few original sections of molding which are being used in creating new molds.
From the templates, these forms are made and are being used to shape fresh plaster into finished trim.
All photos by Lindsey Yeo