The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



Google says that phrase originally was “hustle your bustle”, a bustle at one point being an element of a woman’s dress. At the time, it meant to tell someone to hurry up. Today, both “hustle and bustle” and “hustle your bustle” have great meaning at Detroit’s G.A.R. building.

A. There is quite a bit of hustle and bustle throughout the building. The teams at the restaurants are at full speed prepping for the soon-to-be opening of the Republic and

B. All of our teams are all in hurry up mode to get the doors open on both the outlets and on the offices of Mindfield, 4 floors up. Our media team has been plotting who will sit where…and is anxious to get in and settled.

A few photos here with some updated shots of whats happening inside.DSC_7883The floor of the Parks & Rec Diner. This space was once a Henderson Glass location. If you look in one of their current shops they have a picture of the building on their walls. The floor is the original terrazzo which we have simply mended and polished. You can clearly see where the front counter was when they were peddling glass.DSC_7885The diner will also be home to 7 hanging light fixtures which we have salvaged and had rebuilt. ’cause why not?!?!?DSC_7896The walk in cooler has been graced with a picture of Christopher Walken. Again, ’cause why not.

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.

4 thoughts on “HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

  1. So glad to see the Walken photo and other elements of the distinctive mindfield DNA are moving to the new GAR location.

  2. Christopher is a fellow NYC guy. He was from Astoria Queens (and was one of my cousins childhood friends). Did you know his parents ran a pastry shop in Astoria? So, hopefully, there are some desserts in that fridge.

  3. Awesome update. Great to get in on the progress. Can’t wait for the opening.

  4. I go to your site weekly and I am very impressed with what you have done. It is absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much for giving updates and showing progress. It is the future of awesome!

    Like others, very excited to go there when the place is open. Can’t wait.

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