The G.A.R. Building Detroit

The Grand Army of the Republic



One of the best things our team did was take photos of the entire G.A.R. building within days of purchasing it. Basement to rooftop in all is decrepit-ness.

Every now and then we take the time to play the “before and after” game.

This past week we opened the Parks and Rec Diner opposite the Republic Tavern and on the other end of the first floor… and what better time to see what we started with way back in 2011.

Just took these after yesterday’s lunch rush.

Check it out.







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.

6 thoughts on “HOW FAR WE’VE COME

  1. great renovations
    my brother has been keeping me up to date

  2. Cannot wait to come and see and try the delicious food.

  3. I love, love, love the before and after game!! The people involved in this transformation are nothing short of spectacularly amazing to me, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the effort!!

  4. Hello,
    Thank you for the update. Our son and daughter-in-law took us to dinner at the Republic Tavern and we loved it. When we come to Detroit again, we will surely visit the GAR building again…I love the architecture and the history of the building and just cannot get enough of it. Keep up the marvelous work….

  5. What an amazing feat, so happy you were persistent in buying this beautiful building and restoring A Detroit icon. I always wondered about the “castle building” . Thoroughly enjoyed reading the step by step process and the great historical artifacts found. Republic restaurant is wonderful- love the architecture and it has such a wonderful ambiance. Kudos to Mindfield! So happy Detroit is in a Renaissance!

  6. Hey, its been a while! Any new photos to post? Further renovations?

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