The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic

WALL-EYE

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DSC_1085Walking through the G.A.R. at this point is usually for a very specific purpose. We dash in to check colors going up on the walls or to see that the final mechanical systems are up and running. Sadly, not too much time spent noticing how far the building as a whole has come.DSC_5426
DSC_8246Every now and then someone forwards a “before” picture… nothing makes you take note of the changes more than that. These show where the stairwells began when we bought the building and where they are today.DSC_8247

NOTE – Our good friend and staff photographer Lindsey left Mindfield for “another guy”. She’s off getting married and making a new home in another state. She will be greatly missed – as much for her awesome talents as the part she played here in the Mindfield family. Her many years here helped shaped our firm into what it is today. We all wish her the most “best-est” of everything that is to come. These new photos here will be some of the last she provides for this blog. Enjoy!

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. Congratulations to Lindsey, I’ve enjoyed your photos!

  2. Good-bye and best wishes to Lindsey! Thanks for all the updates!

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  3. What wonderful photos, as usual. Wishing Lindsey the best, but I know you will miss her – and we will miss her wonderful updates on the GAR building.

  4. Congratulations to Lyndsey, best wishes for your future!!

    Thankyou so much for these updates, I enjoy each and every one!!

  5. Thanks again for your intriguing updates on this historical landmark building. I would also like to inquire how my wife and I can get on the reservation list for The Republic restaurant. We’d love to have this dining experience during the first couple weeks after initial opening. Thanks for any update on this. Davis Sabo davisfit@comcast.net.

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