The GAR Building probably the oldest building in Detroit, at least that I know of. It was opened in 1900, but probably built in the late 1890s. It was built as a place for the veterans of the Civil War.
I am a huge history buff, especially of the Civil War, so this building holds something very special to me, a history of the Civil War in Detroit. It closed in 1982, but is now being renovated. It’s hard to talk about everything that is going on, but the company that is renovating it, has their own blog, check it out.
It’s a Romanesque style building designed by Julius Hess. It changed hands after the veterans all died off. The city owned it for awhile, even Ilitch owned it, but didn’t do anything with it.
Then in November of 2011, the Carleton brothers, who run Mindfield Company. They plan to move into the building upon the completion of renovations, the top floor will be theirs, the bottom floor a restaurant and offices on the second floor.
Detroit’s oldest castle will soon live again.
More on the building? HistoricDetroit.org