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Guardian Building

500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
+1 (313) 963-4567
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Ranked #4 of 89 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Chicago, Illinois
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114 reviews 114 reviews
50 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A group of my cousins were strolling around downtown Detroit - and stumbled across the Guardian Building. We were thrilled that it was open for us to look around. It was absolutely gorgeous. A gem of a building for downtown Detroit. If you like architecture - you should not miss visiting this beautiful building. And best of all they had... More

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South Bend, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The exterior of The Guardian building draws you in because of its unique design. It was called the Cathedral of finance and has one of the largest suspended ceilings in the world. The colors and designs of the interior are lovely. At the end of the main banking floor there is a 5 story mural with references to the industries... More

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Kent, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We made a point of visiting this building on our walk around downtown Detroit. The lobby is amazing, and the ceiling of the bank portion was being repaired. So happy to see that this landmark has been preserved. Be sure to visit Pure Detroit shop in the lobby for local souvenirs.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Recommeded on this site and worth a visit. It's an unexpected beauty of a building and definately worth a visit whilst your in Detroit.

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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It's one of many downtown high rise buildings with impressive styling and art. Surprise! the bank guard let me take lots of pictures on the teller stations under the amazing graphics inside. Other than that, it's about a 10 minute visit total.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Free entry into a building that looks like a church, amazing! This building was part of a tour we did of Detroit. Lots of building work going on outside. Inside there is an opportunity to take a longer tour of the building but we were on a tight schedule. Bought a couple of things at the little shops there. Lovely... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

One of the great landmark buildings in downtown Detroit. Wonderful Art Deco throughout. The colorful tiles both in and out side a a site to behold.

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New York, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Really, really beautiful building that is worth popping into. It's such a treasure and so worth seeing that it's hard for me to rate it below a four. We visited on a tour and having someone explain the building to us was well worth it. I wish the lobby was more open on weekends and they offered tours of the... More

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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237 reviews 237 reviews
133 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Show up and a professional Urban Planner took us on a tour of the building, telling us the story of it's inception, its evolution and its design. We also learned about the families and the historical context. Well preserved art deco building with an indoor café and a gift shop. Our docent was terrific and the weather behaved. Good use... More

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Madison Heights, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

An amazing building - Pewabic (Detroit) pottery, Rookwood (Cincinnati) pottery tiles - the key elements of the Union trust bank lobby are retained also there is a Pure Detroit store and a nice little cafe the Roland Cafe named after the architect of the building.

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