Downtown Detroit enjoyed a flurry of construction in the 1920s that reflected the wealth of that pre-Depression era. One of those Art Deco skyscrapers, the Guardian Building, was completed in early 1929 as headquarters for a banking group, and was known as Detroit’s “Cathedral of Finance.” Architect Wirt Rowland used an abundance of color in patterns with Native American and Aztec influences on the exterior and in the grand lobby and main hall. It took 40 artisans to complete the murals, tile work, mosaics and stained glass. Pure Detroit offers free tours on Saturdays and Sundays.,

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