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Guardian Building

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Address: 500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226-3480
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Stunning view of Detroit glory days

The art is stunning and the history is amazing. This is a feast for the eyes. You can book a tour or just go inside for some coffee in the cafe and explore on your own. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michele A
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The art is stunning and the history is amazing. This is a feast for the eyes. You can book a tour or just go inside for some coffee in the cafe and explore on your own. The design and opulence that is inside is just amazing.

Thank Michele A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very beautiful building. Pure Detroit does excellent tours of this building. It fells like you are in a church.

Thank CaseyJones6325
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting the area and were tipped off to the building by a local resident who had worked in the building for a long time. I like architecture and appreciate Art Deco, so a few blocks were no problem. We looked only at the first couple of floors. They were jaw dropping: nothing on the outside prepares you for... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pure Detroit does excellent tours of this great monument in the heart of the once famous financial district. No charge but tips are welcomed. Fascinating facts from the vault in the basement to the top floor. Lobby is so impressive when you entered

Thank Dennis R
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pure Detroit tour was very well done - informative and entertaining guide. He shared a lot about the architecture and motivation for the way this was built. Great tour.

Thank Chips2615
Milford, Michigan
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395 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017

Stop in on the main floor to catch a glimpse of this amazing building. There is a bank and a Pure Detroit store on the first level, with some great Detroit items.

Thank JVM-Milford-MI
Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017

If you love architecture and hand-crafted design, you'll love this building-as it contains stunning architecture and amazing motifs.

Thank Ava I
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

A friend recommended a tour of this building. Wow, knock my socks off beautiful! The tour was fantastic and really highlighted the history of the building and the city. The Tiffany clock made me literally drop to my knees (I'm a Deco clock collector). A glimpse into the Golden Age of Detroit and the Roaring 20's. A new restaurant will... More 

Thank Darlene D
Burlington, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Everytime I come to downtown Detroit I have a wander through this gorgeous 1929 skyscraper. This building is truly a cathedral of commerce. It rises 39 stories in the city's downtown financial core. The exterior is a unique terra cotta color with Mayan Revival accents that carry through to the massive 3 story lobby-all done with an overall Art Deco... More 

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

A Gorgeous Deco building in downtown Detroit. Beautifully preserved, a fabulous lobby that shows you how prosperousDetroit must have been in the early 20th century. Make sure to visit the Pure Detroit shop to get some great homemade home grown local products to take home 🏡.

Thank Réva M

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