The Guardian Building was built back before the Stock Market crashed for a bank, the Union Trust Bank. The Art Deco masterpiece was designed by Wirt C. Rowland using 1.8 million orange bricks. Many of the buildings around the area were of limestone, but this stood out. It used so many different elements from steel, to brick, to ceramic tiles and pewabic tiles to tiffany glass.
Marble graces the lobby, along with a beautiful mural of Michigan and a Tiffany glass clock. When it opened, it was only open for 9 months for the Union Trust Bank. Surprisingly, it’s possible in one of the majestic meeting rooms that it was decided to call the President and tell him to shut down all of the banks.
Years later, during World War II, it was used as a command center for the Army.
It changed hands after the war many times, until it found a new tenant in 2007; Wayne County.
They moved their offices from the former Old Wayne County Building on Randolph, a building we will look at later in the semester.
They have since stayed in the building, but are now looking at moving back into their old digs. What will happen to the Guardian Building?
Well, right now they have several tenants other than just Wayne County, but it will be hard to fill.
Be sure to take a look at the HistoricDetroit.org page on the Guardian Building too.
You can visit their website at www.guardianbuilding.com