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Address: 500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
Phone Number: +1 (313) 963-4567
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Must Visit in Detroit

This building is an architectural gem. The lobby is a must see for any visitor to Detroit. It takes only a few minutes to explore and it is well worth the effort!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This building is an architectural gem. The lobby is a must see for any visitor to Detroit. It takes only a few minutes to explore and it is well worth the effort!

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to try the Illy Cafe in the Guardian Building's lobby one day and were blown away by the gorgeous interior. Illy is one of the best coffee brands in the Western world and the cafe has a true minimalist European style to it. I won't stop suggesting this place to guys who want to impress... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A gem. Windows, lighting and design are historical treasures. This landmark in the Financial District was built in 1890. Marble from Italy, Belgium and Africa were used in this ornate design. The stained glass is Native American designs are beautiful sights to see.

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a nice building in downtown Detroit. It has a certain ambiance to it, and I enjoy visiting it when I'm in the area.

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allentown, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I gaped when I saw the lobby. The mosaics are amazing, as is the tilework. Unfortunately, we were there on a Thursday afternoon, so missed out on the Pure Detroit tour and meeting and talking to Michael. The other guards there were not interested in talking with us at all. The area where there is a café and a bank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Pure Detroit offers guided tours. Took the tour today with Michael. He was very interesting and knowledgeable. Amazing building, very interesting history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Guardian and Fisher buildings are among the moist beautiful examples of late 20's architecture I have seen. Excellent Saturday tours available free at Pure Detroit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Please don't leave downtown Detroit without stopping by the lobby of the Guardian. There is no way that a building can be built like this today. The architecture and design was simply stunning.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It's a wonderful Historic sight to see with a lot of history attached to it's creation. This building has been features for it's architecture and for the person who built it and how it was built. A major accomplishment for the time.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Guardian building is competitive in design to any art deco building in New York and the interior, which is available to view and photograph houses a restaurant and more exquisite design. I love it.

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