The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_6504The completed G.A.R. building in Detroit will be an exciting mix of the old and the new. A reflection of the past with a unique polish which will prepare it for a long relevant future.DSC_6526DSC_6658That future was given a serious shot in the arm this past week as we hosted one of LA’s most exciting young artists, Gregory Siff. Siff made his first visit to the “D” alongside former Detroiter and the G.A.R.’s interior designer Peter Gurski. The 2 took in the city from the riverfront to the D.I.A. to our favorite speakeasy D’Mongos’.DSC_6717Wednesday night, in front of a small circle of Mindfield friends, Siff created his first piece ever in Detroit. A wall sized installation which now graces the bar area of Republic. His work is spot on in representing Detroit’s character and the people who make this place the awesome city that it is.DSC_6760Come see it this fall when we open the tavern.DSC_6788Oh, and check out the t-shirt he’s sporting. I think our new friend is a fan of the city.DSC_6899

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. Really cool can’t wait to see how everything turns out !! #DoItForDetroit

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