The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_0315As of today, Detroit’s Grand Army Building is empty no more.DSC_0374After more than 30 years of sitting boarded up and empty, the building once occupied by Michigan’s Civil War veterans or the “Boys in Blue” is again hearing the sound of footsteps throughout.DSC_0389Friday, the moving trucks carried 23 years of belongings just 5 blocks from the Library Lofts building (formerly the Jerome Remick Music Publishing Co) across Woodward and into the castle.  For a day straight, the new elevator brought case after box, after desk after bubble hockey game.  And today, the Mindfield team arrived to unpack and get back to work.DSC_0458 Here are a few shots of the scattered moving boxes and the team trying to find their things.DSC_0467Enjoy.

All photos by EE Berger

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.

12 thoughts on “WHAT TOOK SO LONG?!?!

  1. This is so wonderful to see! We knew the day would come, but now it is a reality. Happy searching through the boxes for your things. Welcome new photographer. Love the photos.

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for saving this beautiful building and sharing it with us online.

  3. Great job Mindfield! Many thanks for making the GAR a showpiece! Im looking forward to having lunch and hopefully tour the GAR blding the next time Im in Detroit
    Tom Cipielewski
    Sonoma Ca.

  4. I am so delighted and grateful to those who took this historic, beautiful building, and have given it life. I am so looking forward to having lunch there. I have been watching it as I drive by for many years. Congratulations and thank you.

  5. Fantastic. We cannot wait to visit. We wish you every success.

  6. Place look great! You’ve done right by the G.A.R.. I dig the glass calendar wall almost as much as Bubble Hockey.

  7. Congratulations on this fabulous project. Thank you for saving a beautiful piece of Detroit’s history. Hope you enjoy Mindfield’s new home for decades to come!

  8. Thanks for all your effort. The G.A.R. building looks great inside and out.

  9. Dazzling. The whole project makes my heart sing.

  10. Congratulations on a job well done Mindfield! My wife and I made reservations at the Republic for 14March prior to the Natalie MacMaster performance at Orchestra Hall. Looking forward to seeing the GAR and Republic restoration first hand and enjoying a fine meal at the same time. I will patronize the businesses as often as I can. Thanks again for all of your effort and everyone involved. Cheers!

  11. Congrats! The place looks great! The project is wonderful! Thumbs up!

  12. The project is fantastic! This place is lovely! Good luck! 🙂

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