Mindfield at work on the GAR

Gar Building - Store Front

GAR Building | Mindfield USA

By Jeffrey Buck

If you haven’t read or perhaps driven by it, the Grand Army of the Republic Building, know as the GAR, is undergoing major restoration by a team put together by its future tenant and current owner, Mindfield USA. The 114 year-old Romanesque building was constructed in 1899 by architects Julian Hess and Richard Rasserman. It was purchased in late 2011 for $220,00 after Olympia Development did not move forward with their renovation plans.

As mentioned before, the renovations at the structure, a member of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, have been underway for several months. If you haven’t been following along be sure to check out the blog being kept on everything GAR. The facade work to the street level storefronts is in full swing now and people passing by on their way to Tiger’s games this year will get a rare glimpse of what the building once was.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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