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The Guardian Building, Detroit

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The Guardian Building is a landmark skyscraper in the United States, located at 500 Griswold Street in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Financial District. The Guardian is a class-A office building owned by Wayne County, Michigan and serves as its headquarters. Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building was originally called the Union Trust Building and is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including art moderne designs. At the top of the Guardian Building's spire is a large American Flag, complementing the four smaller flags atop nearby 150 West Jefferson. The building has undergone recent award-winning renovations. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989, and the associated Detroit Financial District is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Guardian building includes retail and a tourist gift shop.
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  • Just spectacular. Everyone who goes to Detroit needs to see this gorgeous homage to capitalism and Mayan Art Deco style.  more »
  • A great gem of Detroit. Full of stunning architecture and history. I enjoyed the free tour by Steve and his colleague. He was friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. The views of the building were...  more »
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  • Spectacular. The Cathedral of Finance. An art deco skyscraper from the golden age of Detroit. Built in 1929 just before the Great Depression the Guardian Building is still spectacular inside and out. Make sure to look at the exterior closely to see the incredible and never to be duplicated details. Inside, it feels like being in a European church. Visit the shops and services and extend your enjoyment.
  • An Art Deco masterpiece. Clearly they are used to people wandering in to take photos as none of the security even batted an eye in my direction as I was looking around. Celebrating their 90th birthday with historical posters in the lobby. Definitely worth checking out if you're an architectural nerd, like me.

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