The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic


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unnamed (1)From top to bottom… Detroit’s Grand Army building is getting the finishing touches.

2015 is starting just as 2014 ended.unnamed (2)The teams are prepping for doors to open at Republic and the Parks and Rec Diner and we’re packing to move Mindfield into the new space (once the NAIAS is over).unnamed (3)At the same time the trades are putting the finishing touches on the castle… from the ceiling in the assembly hall to the keg cooler in the basement and most everywhere in between.unnamed (4)It’s gonna be a busy January!!!

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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