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    Deco in the D

    By Chili Davis
    Oct 2, '06 9:12 AM EST

    More buildings from downtown Detroit. This time, it's the Guardian Building, located in the financial district. This building was designed in 1929 by Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls and renovated in 2000 by SmithGroup.



    It was originally the Union Trust Building. This Art Deco masterpiece combines brickwork, glazed tile and terra cotta in new combinations of color, form and texture.



    The inside is filled with Italian travertine and black marble floors, and the walls and ceilings are full of mosaic and pewabic tile.



    This building was nicknamed "The Cathedral of Finance" when it was built in the late 1920s.



    In 1989, the building was declared a national historic landmark, and the interior renovation, completed by SmithGroup, a decendent firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, received awards for its part in continuing the tradition.



     
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    • weAREtheSTONES

      hEY OVER THERE IN DETROIT - OPPS - The Lawrence Technological University is participating in the 2007 Solar Decathlon right????? R U invovled???

      Oct 3, 06 6:27 pm
      Chili Davis

      Unfortunately I am not involved in the 2007 solar decathalon. It is something I have been following closely, but my schedule currently doesn't permit me the time to get involved myself. If interested, you can follow the teams progress here.

      Oct 4, 06 10:40 am
      weAREtheSTONES

      YAH I KNOW - MY SCHOOL PARTICIPATED IN 2005 NYIT- I WAS IN THESIS WHEN I COMMITTED MYSELF TO THIS COMPETITION...LET ME TELL YA ITS THE BEST THING I DID IN MY LIFE THUS FAR! - YOU SHOULD AT LEAST TRY TO GET INVOLVED IN THE BUILD OVER THE SUMMER. TO ACTUALY BUILD A PROJECT THAT YOU DESIGNED OR PATIALLY DESIGNED IS TRUELLY AN AMAZING THING - AND THEN TO SEE 18 OTHER SCHOOLS BUILD THERE HOUSES ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN 2 DAYS FROM THE ROOF OF MY HOUSE AT 4:20AM...PRICELESS

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