G.A.R. Building- Detroit, Michigan

Detroit’s Castle: the Grand Army of the Republic Building sits on the corner of Grand River and Cass. The G.A.R. Building opened in 1900 to serve as a hangout for the city’s Civil War veterans. The G.A.R. was closed in 1982 and has sat vacant until recently. On Nov. 1, 2011, the Carleton brothers of Mindfield Pictures bought the building from the city and began renovation work with plans to rent the ground floor for restaurant and retail space. On Thursday of this week, the restaurant Republic will open to the public.

Visit HistoricDetroit.org for more of the GAR’s history.

Here are some images i’ve captured of the GAR over the past few years:

2010, featuring hygienic dress league:

GAR Building 2009

GAR Building 2009- Hygienic Dress League

2011:

GAR 2011

GAR 2011

GAR 2011

2014. Renovation work almost complete:

GAR Building 2014

Stay tuned for more updates and features

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