When people think of Detroit, most think of the car industry or its unfortunate reputation as a hotbed of crime. Certainly when I listen to my friends who actually live in Detroit, there is a lot of talk about problem hotspots in the city area. What you don’t hear about is the arts scene. At least not to the same extent as other cities such as San Francisco.
However there are some magnificent examples of mosaic at least that are as good as any other in the USA.
The Guardian building is probably the best known.
“The Guardian Building, a National Historic Landmark, is a skyscraper in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building (originally called the Union Trust Building) is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including some art moderne designs.
The main frame of the skyscraper rises 36 stories, capped by two asymmetric spires, one extending for four additional stories. The height of the building is 489 feet (149 m).
Wirt C. Rowland, of the Smith Hinchman & Grylls firm, was the building’s architect while Corrado Parducci created the two sculptures flanking the Griswold Street entrance. During World War II, the Guardian Building served as headquarters for war time production; Detroit was called the “Arsenal of Democracy.”
The building was purchased by Sterling Group in 2004. Under the Group’s watch, the Guardian’s office occupancy rate has nearly doubled, its promenade has been opened to the public for the first time in decades, and the building now has a doorman. Since this time the building has received exterior lighting accents at night and a new entrance canopy.
The official website can be found at http://www.guardianbuilding.com/