Detroit Michigan is home to stunning museums, architectural marvels, cutting edge restaurants, casinos and theaters.
See our main Detroit page for our full listing of fantastic things to see in Detroit all year round.
Did you know the Guardian Building features an incredible Art Deco Lobby? In fact, it is one of the most significant and striking Art Deco skyscrapers in the world.
Construction of this historic building began in 1928 and was finished in 1929. It was originally the Union Trust Building and is now an office building owned by Wayne County, Michigan. It serves as its headquarters.
The building is open to the public so check it out! The Guardian Building does not fail to impress!
500 Griswold Street, Detroit, Michigan
Once you are inside, everything from the elevator banks to the soaring vault ceiling is a feast for your eyes. Bold geometric patterns of blue, green, and red mosaics cover the walls and floor. Many of the tiles were created at Pewabic, a local pottery company and was designed to mimic Aztec and American Indian patterns.
Be sure to see the incredible state of Michigan mural on one of the far walls. Notice all the gilded details and homages to the state’s natural resources. You will see bold examples of Art Deco architecture everywhere within the Guardian Building!
Definitely one of my favorite things to see in Detroit!
The building was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989 and the associated Detroit Financial District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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