The Guardian Building, Detroit

Location: The Guardian Building, Detroit, Michigan | Outfit: Sweater (old, similar), Skirt (sold out, similar), Shoes, Nylons, Necklace (similar), Lipstick Blake's Red

Last weekend was a quick adventure to Detroit, Michigan to check out some amazing architecture (we're total architecture nerds in my family). We first visited the incredible Fisher Building and throughout that tour they really stressed how much you also need to take the Guardian Building tour and who are we to argue! Another Art Deco treasure but this building takes on more of the mayan influences of that time. You can see that in the amazing ceiling tiles and in the colours used (lots of red earth tones). Our very informative guide also alerted us to another influence, churches. The building, completed in 1929, was built for Union Trust and the nickname Cathedral of Finance quickly took hold. The banking hall is laid out like an old church and the screened wall that separates the banking hall from the main library is something straight out of a catholic church.

Architect Wirt C. Rowland was heavily invested in The Guardian Building. Not only did he design and oversee the completion, he went so far as to design all the furniture in the building and even designed the waitresses uniforms in the cafeteria built for the buildings workers. Not that is attention to detail!

Thanks again to Pure Detroit for providing these free weekend tours, and for letting shutterbugs like me snap away!

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