Out-of-towners take grand tour of the Guardian

The Detroit News

About two dozen visitors to downtown Detroit took a noon tour of the art deco Guarding Building on Sunday.

The Guardian was completed in April 1929, six months before the start of the Great Depression, which ended Detroit’s building boom of the 1920s. It is considered a prime example of expressionist architecture and is one that showcases the grandeur of Detroit’s historical buildings.

The tours are put on multiple times each weekend by Guardian Building tenant Pure Detroit, a retailer that sells Detroit-themed clothing and bric-a-brac. The tours started in 2013 in conjunction with Pure Detroit’s 15-year anniversary in Detroit. Pure Detroit also gives tours of the Fisher Building and offers a downtown Detroit walking tour.

The Sunday tour included Metro Detroiters trying to get to know the region better, along with tourists from Midland, Miami, San Francisco and Fargo, North Dakota. It was led by Michael Boettcher, an urban planner for Macomb County.

“There was a time, just a few years ago, when it would’ve been unheard of to have (out-of-town) visitors to Detroit,” Boettcher said as the tour started. “All you locals,” he asked, “where’ve you been?”

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