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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Cedar Park, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I visited on a Sunday and the area with the shops was closed off. There were two security guards at the desk who said it was okay if I looked around, but they didn't seem very friendly. It is very pretty though and seems more like a cathedral than an office building.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was my first visit to Detroit and I did not know what to expect but of all the things my active imagination entertained, the beauty of the Guardian building was not one of them. I'm glad this building was preserved as there several older abandoned downtown buildings that were likely stunning in years past and are now exposed to... More 

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Escanaba, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Our tour guide said that it would be a good building to check out and he was right. Cool paintings on the walls. Nice architectural design. Lobby was pretty cool leading into the main room. Free to walk about the main bottom floor. Worth the stop!

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Braunschweig, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Guardian Building is a beautiful piece of Art Deco Architecture right in the heart of downtown Detroit by architect Wirt C. Rowland. Ogling at the pewabic pottery and the aztec revival details is free. So I suggest you go there.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The most beautiful building in Detroit! Wonder into the lobby and enjoy the Pewabic Pottery touches everywhere.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

What a surprise in Detroit. We took a plan an architecture tour in Detroit and found interesting and wonderful buildings in down town Detroit, I wish the city was more alive - it has a great potential ! This building which looks like something an Aztek palace. Golden ceilings and artistic corridors. They also had a nice coffee place inside.

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