The City of Detroit has announced that it is accepting request for proposals to rehabilitate the G.A.R. Building, located at Cass, Grand River and Michigan Ave. This building has been boarded up for a long time, years before I moved to Detroit in 2003. It was one of the first buildings that caught my eye, which isn’t hard because it’s situated on an odd corner created by the intersection of three major streets. I always loved the way the building looks, like a lone, anachronistic castle waiting to be rediscovered.

This photo comes from, which has a huge photo collection of old/abandoned buildings in Detroit, what the website owner calls the “Fabulous Ruins of Detroit”. The building has an interesting history and was originally built by veterans of the Civil War who fought for the north. I wonder who will pick up the city’s RFP and what their vision for the building will be. It sounds like the city is strongly considering proposals that preserve the historical aspects of the building — I’m hopeful this building won’t go down as another demolished structure.


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