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Identifikation

Guardian Building
Union Trust Company Building
118559

Karte

Struktur allgemein

Wolkenkratzer
existent [fertiggestellt]
Backstein
Glasierte Fliese
Granit
Terra-Cotta
Mauerwerk
dunkelorange
art déco

Nutzung

Gewerbl. Büroflächen
Einzelhandel Dienstleistungen Restaurant

Fakten

  • Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Guardian Building was designed by Wirt C. Rowland of the leading Detroit architecture firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls.
  • Termed a "cathedral of commerce" and "one of the most exuberant Art Deco skyscrapers built in America," the Guardian Building was built for what was at the time Detroit's leading financial institution.
  • The cathedral theme is emphasized on the exterior by the two towers at each end of the building connected by a somewhat lower navelike block. The theme is played out in the interior with the tall banking lobby designed as a nave with side aisles.
  • A specially formulated orange brick, known as Guardian brick, clads the steel frame. Brilliantly colored terra-cotta, glazed tile, and gold-stained glass and metal decorate it inside and out.
  • The Guardian Building was the world's tallest masonry structure when it was completed.
  • This Art Deco piece is marked by American Indian and Aztec motifs.
  • The south tower roof lies at 423'-10" above street level, plus 9'-8" to the structural top.
  • The main roof at the 36th floors lies 396'-10" above street level, plus 4'-4.25" to the parapet wall.
  • The north tower roof lies 482'-0" above street level, plus 13'-6" to the structural top.
  • The flagpole rises 150'-0" from the north tower roof, making the tip height 632'-0".
  • On the 32nd floor lies the Guardian Club Banquet Hall/Auditorium, which serves as a small conference center for up to 300 people.

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Ort

500-548 Griswold Street
37 West Congress Street, 28-38 West Larned Street
500 Griswold Street
48226
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technische Daten

632,01 ft
495,51 ft
482,01 ft
396,83 ft
40
3
1928
1929

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Besondere Eigenschaften

  • Eines der bekannten Bauwerke dieser Stadt
  • Nationales Denkmal
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