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Guardian Building

500 Griswold Street
Detroit MI United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1928
  Finished1929
Floor Count40
Basement Floors3
Building Uses
 - office
 - conference
 - government
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - flag
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - streamline moderne
Materials
 - limestone
 - terra cotta
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Flagpole632 ftBuilding Manager
height to tip of flagpole
Spire632 ft
Roof495 ftBuilding Manager
height to penthouses (4.11m above roof)
South tower roof433 ftBuilding Manager
includes parapet + penthouse (2.94m above roof)
Main roof401 ftBuilding Manager
includes parapet (1.33m above roof)

Description
- Architect: Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls (SmithGroup)

- This is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world.

- Dubbed a "Cathedral of Commerce" the building has two turrets towers on either end, and a nave-like connector. The theme is continued in the interior with a vaulted, cathedral-like banking hall on the ground floor.

- The building incorporates Native American motiffs on it's facade and the interior.

- A specially formulated brick, Guardian Brick, was used to clad this tower. It in turn is decorated with colored terra cotta, glazed ceramic tile, and different metals.

- A banquet hall/conference room lies on the 32nd floors of this building, and the boardroom lies on the 6th floor.

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