Every time we think we’ve found the last of the cool “leftovers” in the G.A.R. building in Detroit – she comes back at us with something we’d never imagine.
Early on it was a carved wooden spoon, we’ve since found whiskey bottles tucked away in the rafters, an 100+ year old milk bottle and a pick ax (which we still have no idea why that was left above a ceiling joist).
Our latest find might be one of the coolest.
We have 2 awesome gentlemen who are helping with the miscellaneous jobs around the building. There names are George and Terrance (who goes by “T”). One of my favorites things is to see either of them when we walk through the castle – always a great smile and a quick hello.
A few weeks back they were cleaning 2 of the I-beams in the basement – so that we could coat them and cut down on any future rust. After the scraped the sides of one, some print came into focus… C-A-R-N-E-G-I-E…(odd)…a bit more revealed S-T-E-E-L.
Andrew Carnegie purchased a few steel mills in Pennsylvania in the 1880’s. In 1892 he assembled all his steel holdings and formed the steel company with his name on it. Less than 10 years later he sold his firm for the equivalent of what would be more than 13 Billion of today’s dollars.
Somewhere in between he shipped a few pieces to Detroit to hold up the Grand Army Building.
Our friends George and “T” have now made sure they stick around for another hundred years or so.
Photo by Lindsey Yeo