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Guardian Building

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Address: 500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226-3480
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this is an incredible example of Art Deco Architecture, currently inhabited by Bank of America and Pure Detroit

the lobby of this building has 18' of horse hair plastered ceilings and one of the best Examples of Art Deco Architecture I have ever seen. Detroit in itself is amazing for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the lobby of this building has 18' of horse hair plastered ceilings and one of the best Examples of Art Deco Architecture I have ever seen. Detroit in itself is amazing for the amount of money they spent on their buildings.

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Clarkston, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside of the building gives no clue, well maybe just a little one to what awaits inside. The visual sense is close to overwhelmed by the colors and patterns of the interior. The use of hard metal, strong lines with softened with curves, intense colorations, imported marble and local pewabic tiles make this place a visual delight. How it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a student of architect or just love beautiful places, you should check this place out! If you have ideas about Detroit that aren't stellar, dispel them now and take a visit to Detroit and visit the Guardian Building and so many other wonderful architectual masterpieces.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One could spend an hour (at least) looking through the extensive historic artwork on the building's main level.

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Troy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building! If you haven't been, go and just...Look up. Well worth it. I worked in the building, so it forced me to go in, but even though I no longer work there, I still go to look around! Plus there's a nice little store and restaurant for light snacks there.

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're a fan of Art Deco, or just an art-lover you will love the Guardian Building, located in downtown Detroit. It is full of huge art deco tile murals depecting aspects of Detroit and Michigan history. You can wander through this building on your own. It is an office building, and not a museum, but there are shops and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see visit for architecture lovers. Pure Detroit puts on tours of this building, for free! Guides know so much about the architecture and history of the building. Art deco at its finest! Take the tour and then head outside and walk the block, the outside of the building is just as beautiful as the interior.

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Livonia, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pure Detroit offers free tours of the Guardian Bldg. They are very informative. Although I have lived in Metro Detroit my entire 62 years, this is the first time I had ever been in the building. It is truly a gem of a bygone era. Don't miss this tour!

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Midwest, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're in the area and appreciate art deco this is a very cool building and worth a stop. The lobby is fairly small but full of details. It's connected to a retail area (same building) where the architecture and decor is quite impressive.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We read about an hour tour of the Guardian Building being offered by Pure Detroit on a Saturday morning and decided pay a long overdue visit to this historic skyscraper. We parked in a structure right across the street. Unfortunately because of of a misprint in the posting we joined the tour in progress. We did see enough of the... More 

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