Built during the height of the Roaring Twenties’ prosperity, the Guardian Building was created with the idea of being a cathedral for capitalism since its’ inception. The company behind the construction of the Guardian Building, known as The Union Trust Building at the time, nearly went bankrupt mere months after the building was completed following the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. However, it was saved by a group of investors who believed in the future of that building and what it could mean for Detroit. Their gamble paid off as the Guardian Building became the financial center of the city as well as an architectural marvel.
Although Detroit’s economic fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the decades, what has not been questioned is the sheer beauty of the Guardian Building’s unique design. The Guardian building was built in an Art Deco style and created in a way to invoke a sense of awe, much in the same way a Medieval or Renaissance era cathedral would. In addition, other influences from Mesoamerican cultures create a unique architecture that is hard to find anywhere else in the world, meaning that this is one of the most unique photo opportunities you will find on your trip to Detroit.
Cover Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr