On our visit to downtown Detroit over the weekend, Russell made sure that we stopped by the Guardian Building, which has to be one of the coolest buildings you’d find anywhere. It is a fantastic palace of a building that combines Incan themes, Art Deco motifs, and the kind of architectural flourishes that you’d expect from a wealthy Bavarian prince. Walking through the building is a feast for the senses — as I hope the photos in this post demonstrate.
Of course, Detroit being Detroit, reality had to intrude into the dream. Some time ago, somebody thought it would be wise to connect this fabulous structure to the boring high-rise across the street through what looks like a cheap aluminum tube. It’s hideous, and it tells you a lot about the kind of judgment Detroiters were using during the city’s long downhill slide. Fortunately, nobody messed with the lobby area of the building, where these photos were taken.