The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_5195Another heading for this might have been “Finding a Needle in a Haystack”. Our plumber team found this old penny tucked somewhere in the G.A.R. building here in Detroit. We like Barton Plumbing because of their attention to detail – and they went above and beyond in finding this small token amidst all they were doing.DSC_5194What’s really interesting is that it is a Canadian coin. The G.A.R. Hall was completed right around 1900 – so this was most likely a shiny penny when someone accidentally dropped it. How it traveled from Canada to Detroit is a mystery.DSC_5192There will be a display case in the lobby with all the “found” items from the construction phase.

Likely this will be the smallest item shown.

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.

3 thoughts on “IT’S LIKE FINDING MONEY

  1. Awesome find. Love this blog. Wish I could start all over in my somewhat stalled creative career and help reincarnate all these wonderful spaces and places in Detroit. Keep up the posts – you have at least one avid reader!

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