From our far-flung correspondents: Detroit’s Guardian Building
Jan 25, 2016
Our colleague Katie was in Detroit last week and visited the Guardian Building, a gorgeously restored Art Deco skyscraper located in the city’s financial district. While the city has recently become infamous for its urban decay and financial misery, Detroit was once known as the “Paris of the West,” reflecting the grandeur and beauty of its architecture. This thirty-six-story building, designed by Detroit architect Wirt C. Rowland and commissioned by the Union Trust Company, was erected in 1929. Thanks to its soaring tower, spacious apse, and stained glass windows, the building was dubbed the “Cathedral of Finance”—a nod to New York City’s Woolworth Building, nicknamed “Cathedral of Commerce.”
The building was added to the National Historic Register in 1989, and currently houses the Wayne County administrative offices.