The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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(Title of a great poem by AA Milne)DSC_5268Before you say anything – there’s no lead in the stain on the staircase – so please don’t worry about the lack of masks.  We have a serious team at the G.A.R. – they know what they’re doing and know we don’t want anyone getting sick.   🙂DSC_5264That being said – here’s an update on the restoration of the stairs themselves. We continue to be amazed at how many spindles survived the 30 year that the castle was boarded up.  They’re only having to shape a handful for the 3 flights of stairs.DSC_5269 The teams are working pretty well alongside one another.  Today the stair guys were working around scaffolding set by the wall guys, dodging the team carrying buckets of old plaster from the upper floors and avoiding the elevator guys walking up flights and installing the new lift.DSC_5274 We’re lucky to have such a great group of craftsmen.

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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  1. Are the current craftsmen discovering unknown techniques from the original craftsmen?

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