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Between the lobby and banking hall of the Guardian Building is an intricately designed Monel metal screen with a Tiffany clock. To me this great art deco screen acts like an alter screen of the cathedrals of old. The design of the entrance and hall were based heavily on church architecture and it was even touted as being a "Cathedral of Commerce".

For years all one could do was climb the grand staircase and peak through this screen to marvel at the beauty beyond in unflattering dim light. After the bank went bust this hall was used for various purposes eventually becoming the headquarters for the group that designed the building, today's SmithGroup. A few years ago I got to go in on a tour and was awed by what I saw but this screen still kept the public at bay.

Finally, in this past year, the firm moved (upstairs I believe) and the great alter screen that had separated the building from the public opened. Now anyone can freely climb the steps and walk into the great hall and marvel at the art deco architecture. And look out from the interior through the Monel screen and into the lobby beyond as here. And you can shop for Detroit memorabilia at Pure Detroit in this distinctly Detroit building.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2680 W: 165 N: 2694] (7290)
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