The 40-story Union Trust Building (now known as the Guardian Building) has been a fixture in Detroit’s financial district for more than 80 years. Opened in 1929, it remains one of the most significant and striking Art Deco skyscrapers in the world. Designed by Michigan architects and built by Michigan artisans, the Guardian Building is virtually a temple of Michigan commerce and ingenuity. Among its most significant features is a system of reinforced concrete – invented by Julius Kahn, brother of renowned architect Albert Kahn – which revolutionized the construction industry and made possible the grand scale of the building.
Join JHSM for this exclusive Insider’s Tour of the Guardian Building. The tour begins on the 32nd floor for a spectacular cityscape view and a presentation by Michael G. Smith, author of Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture. Guides from Pure Detroit will then lead us on a tour of the building and its exquisite detail, including works by Pewabic tile artist Mary Chase Stratton, muralist Ezra Winter, and sculptor Corrado Parducci.
Please join us! There is limited capacity, so do not delay.