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Guardian Building

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Identification

Guardian Building
Union Trust Company Building
Union Trust Building
118559

Plan

Structure générale

gratte-ciel
construit [achevé]
acier
brique
carreau de céramique
granite
terre cuite
maçonnerie
orange foncé rouge foncé
art déco

Usages

bureaux
bâtiment gouvernemental commerce(s) services restaurant café palais des congrès palais de justice

Faits

  • 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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Lieu

500-548 Griswold Street
37 West Congress Street, 28-38 West Larned Street
500 Griswold Street
48226
Downtown
Détroit
Michigan
États-Unis d'Amérique

Données techniques

632,01 ft
495,51 ft
482,01 ft
396,83 ft
40
3
1928
1929
12

Entreprises participantes


SmithGroup JJR

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Spécificités

  • L'immeuble est connu dans cette ville
  • Monument national
  • L'immeuble dispose d'un centre de conférences
  • Des projecteurs illuminent l'immeuble pendant la nuit
  • Relié à l'immeuble voisin par un skybridge
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