The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



DSC_8481One of the most underutilized spaces in the new Mindfield offices (currently, anyways) is the balcony level of the original assembly hall. In time, we will create an additional edit suite and have a cool hangout for clients but in the meantime it’s become a conference space and room for a bit of storage.DSC_8485For being a smaller part of the building, it is big on architectural details.DSC_8488If you look closely at the window shapes and the views outside you can piece together where they sit in relation to the building layout.DSC_8472The attractive green paint is an original color to the space – we found it behind a false wall. Fortunately it has grown on us now that we are in.DSC_8484

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.

7 thoughts on “BALCONY SEATS…

  1. Green is my favorite color, but I’m feeling it might not work here.

  2. i love what you have done. It actually makes my eyes misty how you have saved one of my favorite Detroit buildings. Respectfully saving the past while building for the future. you are leaders.

  3. Love the new photos. Thanks, Lindsey for stopping back in to take these photos. Always enjoy them.

  4. I noticed that in these pictures, all of the wood trim is painted. Whas that how it was originally or was it stained wood? Either way, it looks very nice. Nice to see pictures of the inside space and what you have done. Very cool. Maybe I will apply for a job there. 🙂

    When I was there about 1 month ago, I noticed the staircase was still missing the “pineapple” at the bottom. Any planned replacements? Or hoping for the original to show up? 🙂

  5. There are signs of both painted AND stained wood in various parts of the building. The green though, is original. On the second floor, there is a space where cabinets were built and the trim they covered up was stained. So it was a mix of finishes. We have replaced the pineapple, it’s been set aside for the time being as we still have a few trades carrying gear up and down the stairs. Hope to be able to get it in place soon.

  6. I loveeeeeeeee the green and that little tricycle too!

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