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Guardian Building

500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
+1 (313) 963-4567
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Ranked #2 of 87 attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a spectacular building that you must take a moment to witness. The only reason why I knocked a star off is because the hours are inconvenient for tourists and the tours offered by Pure Detroit are offered sporadically.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Awesome artwork. Excellent exhibit of architecture and art. Hidden gem in downtown Detroit. A must see.

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Boston
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115 reviews 115 reviews
11 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Such a beautiful building. It makes you feel bad for all the buildings in Detroit that have fallen apart. So unique and amazing. Let's hope they save and restore other old downtown buildings.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This building is truly beautiful. The interior is awe-inspiring. The art work is breath taking to look at. Buildings are not built like this anymore. It is well worth the walk here to look at the building and have a coffee and study the magnificent clock that is still there.

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Detroit, Michigan
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145 reviews 145 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Wonderful place to have a morning coffee. Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the glorious interiors of the Guardian Building. Reasonably priced coffee, fresh-brewed (one free refill, too!). Good pastries. Very easy to have a conversation---great, former bank (hushed tones) acoustics. Highly recommend. Surprised more people don't frequent it.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The inside of this building is breathtaking. Pictures do not do it justice. Go! It is well worth seeing, as it is such a unique art deco style that it is rarely seen these days. We were all impressed with the view, and stuck around long enough to meander from 1 end to the other and snap photos. We didnt... More

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Detroit
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Love to take visiting friends, or direct tourists walking around Downtown Detroit, to the lobby of the Guardian Building to see its colorful Art Deco tile work. Everyone is always pleasantly surprised by the ornate & beautiful artwork in the lobby & up the short stairway to the open mezzanine. It seems to always be open, is free & only... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

By chance we left our car in a parking lot in front this magnificent art deco building which dates back to 1929. Inside it's a showcase of art deco at its best with stained glass, metal work, clocks and even a giant map of Michigan on the first floor. The building is also close to Hart Plaza and the Riverfront... More

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phoenix
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29 reviews 29 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

get a cheap tour of detroit using the people mover and get off at the financial district and check out the interior of the guardian. The receptionist has a one page history sheet.

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Troy, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited and toured the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit last Saturday. Pure Detroit who operates a store in the lobby offers free tours on the weekend, Our guide Michael showed us the awesome vaulted lobby and facades decorated by Pewabic tiles. He told the history of the building and the immediate neighborhood. Would have liked to see some of the... More

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