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Guardian Building

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Address: 500 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48224
Phone Number: +1 (313) 963-4567
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TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK - LOOK UP

This building has beauty, it has lines, it has curves, it has color, it has history. The Guardian Buidling is one of those building that I can just walk thru and admire the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
EastssiddeLady
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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This building has beauty, it has lines, it has curves, it has color, it has history. The Guardian Buidling is one of those building that I can just walk thru and admire the craftmen of long ago, who put their hearts and skills into this building. The Guardian is simple amazing. I just was reading that this building is known... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The craftsmanship found in the Guardian Building is breathtaking - regardless of your age. I would highly recommend taking the time during a visit to downtown Detroit to walk in and see the Pewabic tile work, the multidimensional architectural touches, the glass touches, mosaics, etc.. In addition, they have a Pure Detroit store with local products and a central coffee... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Go inside. It is great deco and it will knock you out. Beauitful design. Take your iPhone out of your pocket. It must be seen and saved.

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LaSalle, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went here with my art group, when we were studying the buildings of Detroit, which was called The Paris of North America back in the hay day of the city. This building is a gem. It starts with the outside detail on the frieze of the building that tells a story of the business that took place inside. The... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Treat yourself to the moment you walk through the front door of the Guardian Building. Look up and fall in love!

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in the Detroit area for 50 yrs and long admired the exterior facade of the Guardian Building but never entered it till last week with the splendid Preservation Detroit organization's downtown tour. Wow! you gotta see this place. Amazing, beautiful ad

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York Haven, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enter on Griswold Street. Building now owned by Wayne County and open for viewing. Colorful tiles and glass with many deco designs. I seldom call anything "fabulous", but this building fits the definition.

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is an outstanding example of architecture that spares nothing. The craftsmanship and care taken in the design is awe-inspiring. This is a must see, because photos just don't do justice to this gem!

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Lapeer, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Guardian Building is one of my favorite buildings in Detroit. The exterior is wonderful, but the lobby is simply stunning! I've been here before, but came today to take the Pure Detroit skyscraper tour. I want to take the Pure Detroit tour of this building next.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You don't need to be an architecture lover to appreciate this beautiful building in downtown Detroit. While the exterior is stunning, it's the interior that's the real jewel to see. The highly decorative tile work throughout the interior, is absolutely amazing, as is the Tiffany clock and map of Michigan. There's a small cafe, named after the architect, that makes... More 

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