The Guardian Building Downtown Detroit

The Guardian Building Detroit, MI

500 Griswold Street Detroit, MI 48226



The Guardian Building is a unique Detroit landmark that is very high on the visitor highlights of Detroit. It was designed by the up and coming architect Wirt Rowling in 1926. Wirt left Albert Kahn to make his own name and he did by joining Smith, Hinchman and Grills which is to today The Smith Group. It was financed and owned by the Union Trust Company.

The building has a unique architecture of colorful tile and masonry. The building does not lend itself to words; you have to see it for yourself. You will not believe your eyes! The lobby is spectacular with high ceilings and a map of Michigan. The building was renovated in 2006.

The building contains the Wayne County Commission chambers. Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the law office of Sanford Schulman.

Parking is in downtown lots. There is a cafeteria in the building and numerous restaurants around the building.

Although the building is 90 years old, this is a very prestigious well-maintained address.

The lease rate is reasonable for commercial office buildings in  Detroit which reflects location, architecture and amenities.

An adjacent building on Woodward was just sold to a restauranteur who promises something very exciting for downtown.

Floor plates are about 16,000 square feet.

Parking: Ratio of 2.90/1,000 SF

Class B Office