Historic Detroit

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Guardian Building - Photos Decor Detail

Tiffany clock detail

Mosaic vignettes represent the three components of commerce: industry, agriculture and transportation.

A carved stone sentinel holding a key symbolizes security

A stylized aviator in the entry half-dome mosaic symbolizes progress

A lion flanked by eagles over the main entrance represents strength and vigilance.

The Fidelity window in the elevator lobby.

Upper level exterior detail

Old Toledo scale inside the Guardian building

A mural depicting Michigan and its industries decorates the back wall of the old banking lobby.

Shoe Shine

Elevator door