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Guardian Building

500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
+1 (313) 963-4567
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Ranked #2 of 86 attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Detroit
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Hyderabad, India
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I find that the roof at level 1 of this building in down town Detroit is excellent and needs to be appreciated. I am informed that to go to the upper floors, one needs prior permission from the concerned. How ever I was thrilled to see the artistic gallery.

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Atlanta
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111 reviews 111 reviews
54 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Guardian building, designed by Wirt Rowland and completed in 1929, is a stunning example of Art Deco design, inside and out. Located in downtown Detroit, this highly decorative building with it's burnt red and sandstone colored brick really stands out from the buildings around it. This is one building you want to spend time looking at, the same way... More

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Warren, MI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We enjoyed the architecture inside and out. Truly a fabulous building and one worth visiting. It is about a block away from a People Mover stop.

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Madison, Alabama, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I would never have visited this beautiful building had I not booked a tour of Detroit with "Show Me Detroit". I never imagined the city would be so beautiful with so much gorgeous architecture. This building and the handout explanation about it was a highlight:) Enjoyed my visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Go inside and see the interior - a spectacular building with a great coffee shop and souvenir place with books on local area, well designed local stuff, fab t-shirts etc.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The detailed Art Deco Architecture is not to be missed. A great building to go visit and appreciate all the wonderful designs.

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