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Guardian Building

Address: 500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
Phone Number: +1 (313) 963-4567
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Ranked #3 of 69 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks

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Detroit, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

When this ex-Bank set out to impress their depositors they hit the mark. The interior layout, color, workmanship was top notch.

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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The lobby of this building makes one of the most eloquent arguments in favor of historic preservation that I have ever seen.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a hidden gem in the financial district. We didn't have time for a tour (I believe they give them during the week) but just going in reminds you of the great architecture of yesteryear. Well worth the short trip to see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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164 reviews 164 reviews
88 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

What a beautiful building. It really doesn't matter why you are downtown Detroit, stop in and see this building. You can walk the whole lobby in about 15 minutes. They don't make them like this anymore

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Keego Harbor, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Outstanding!!!! This is a must see. The detailed work in this building is unbelievable. We are very lucky to have such a special building in Detroit.

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Southfield, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Cannot describe the uniqueness and beauty of the main floor. Could not be duplicated today. Built in the early 1930's. Largest brick structure in North America. My first job in Detroit was there in 1973. Stunning colors and beautiful designs. We always take out of town guests to enjoy it. One of a kind. Must be seen to understand what... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The architecture of this building, both internal and external was stunning - wished we could have had longer to go back and sit in the cafe there but our visit to Detroit was too short. Still very worth visiting

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Syracuse, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Yes, it is a beautiful building. However, aside from the few shops and cafe inside, you only need 10 minutes to view, contemplate, and photograph it.

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Buffalo, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I stumbled upon the Guardian building because I was looking for a souvenir shop in downtown Detroit. After all, it was my first trip there, and I wanted something simple to take home. "Pure Detroit" is one of the shops located in the Guardian building, which is what led me there. Overall, this building is absolutely stunning in its design.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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241 reviews 241 reviews
65 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I saw this building on the Detroit Urban Adventure walking tours (with Bob, tour guide) "The D You Must See" and "Detroit's Rise, Fall and Renewal". It's on both tours so it doesn't matter which you take or you can go by yourself if you want to. You can enter the building and check out the lobby of this nearly... More 

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