Guardian Building + Downtown Tours

Pure Detroit Public Weekend Tours

The following tours start at our Pure Detroit shop located inside the Guardian Building.

The Guardian Building 500 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226 map

Pure Detroit’s Guardian Building Tour

Pure Detroit invites you to tour the building that became known as the city’s Cathedral of Finance. Beginning in the building’s grand banking lobby, you will learn the details surrounding the building’s creations, including the banking titans, stone workers, artists, and architects involved. The tour will include discussions in the banking area as well as in the main entrance way. See firsthand the intricate design and exquisite detail of Rowland's artistic achievement, including works by muralist Erza Winter, tile installations by Pewabic's Mary Chase Stratton and sculpture by Corrado Parducci. The tour is capped with a trip to the grand ballroom on the building’s 32nd floor. -The tour is free and open to the public of all ages.

- We ask for prior registration at https://puredetroit.rezgo.com

-The tour begins at our Pure Detroit shop located at the main banking lobby of the building.

-Parking is readily available at surrounding lots, garages, as well as on the street (metered parking).

-Sign up is available the day of inside the Pure Detroit shop upon arrival. No RSVP is required. -The tour is approx. 60 minutes long.

-Photography is allowed.

-The tour is handicap accessible.

- For groups of 15 or more we require the booking of a private tour. Still have questions? Send us an email to tours@puredetroit.com for us to better serve you


June 2019 Tour Dates and Times:

Sunday June 2 - 12 pm and 2 pm - Guide: Michael

Saturday June 8 - 12 pm - Guide: Steve

Sunday June 9 - 12 pm and 2 pm - Guide: Steve

Saturday June 15 - 12 pm - Guide: Michael

Sunday June 16 - 12 pm and 2 pm - Guide: Steve

Saturday June 22 - 12 pm - Guide: Michael

Saturday June 29 - 12 pm - Guide: Steve

Sunday June 30 -12 pm and 2 pm - Guide: Steve


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Pure Detroit's Pride Walking Tour


Detroit is a city with a rich cultural heritage. The stories of our citizens inspire hope and leave the city's residents booming with pride. In honor of Pride month, and in celebration of Pure Detroit’s 20th anniversary, we are offering Pride walking tours. The tour showcases sites in our Downtown area. Your expert guide will take your through the city, dishing on colorful characters and discussing legal landmarks related to Detroit’s long, relatively unknown LGBT history.


- The tour begins at our Pure Detroit shop located in the Guardian Building on the promenade level. 

- This tour is $10 for admission & open to the public of all ages. 

- Photography is allowed.

- Tour will last about 90 minutes.


June 2019 Tour Dates and Times:

Saturday June 1 - 2 pm - Guide: Michael

Saturday June 8 - 2 pm - Guide: Steve

Saturday June 15 - 2 pm - Guide: Michael

Saturday June 22 - 2 pm - Guide: Michael

Saturday June 29 - 2 pm - Guide: Steve


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Pure Detroit's Corrado Parducci Walking Tour


Names like Albert Kahn and Wirt Rowland may be familiar to fans of Detroit’s distinct architecture but there is a lesser known figure responsible for the beauty of some of the city’s most beautiful building exteriors. The Italian born artist, Corrado Parducci worked on nearly 300 buildings around the Detroit area and formulated a look that combined ancient and modern design ideals. In his time, he was known as one of the world’s premier architectural sculptors but in more recent years his work was often overlooked. Join Pure Detroit on a 90-minute walk around the city’s downtown area and explore over several of his sumptuous designs which were commissioned by noted architects.


- The tour begins at our Pure Detroit shop located in the Guardian Building on the promenade level. 

- This tour is $10 for admission & open to the public of all ages. 

- Photography is allowed.

- Tour will last about 90 minutes.


June 2019 Tour Dates and Times:

Saturday June 1 - 12 pm - Guide: Michael