Probably the most unusual building downtown is the
triangular "castle" that dominates over Grand
River and Cass. Rather then some fairy-tale landmark
or defensive fortification the Grand Army of the Republic
Building served as the local quarters for an association
of Union Civil War veterans.
Intended as a memorial its spacious meeting hall and
other facilities served Detroit's citizens for over
Today its social rooms and fortress like turrets are
inhabited only by armies of pigeons. Closed since 1982
the G.A.R. is a superb candidate for renovation.