The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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DSC_4849The turret at the corner of Grand River and Adams, before.

We have probably mentioned here at some point, but the majority of the water damage in Detroit’s G.A.R. building happened under each of the building’s two turrets. Over the years, people would break into the building, run up to the roof to look around and then leave the access open for snow and rain to make its way in.

Our “plaster guy” Dave recently completed the circle in the turret in what will be Mindfield’s office. We call that area “Lindsey’s office”… long story.DSC_6970And after.

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.

One thought on “A TURRET RESTORED

  1. I would like a job at Mindfield!

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