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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Eye candy! Off the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn

Property: 743 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing
Owner: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Assessed: exempt
Owner says: Susan Cancro, executive director of Advent House located in the building, said the church is kept in good condition thanks to cooperation. Advent House pays the church rent and helps it raise money and the church itself also allocates funds for upkeep.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor contains a variety of architectural treasures, including Westminster Presbyterian Church. Located at the southwest corner of MLK and Oakland Avenue, Westminster is a stately example of the Gothic Revival style highly favored for church and university architecture. The building's materials and artisanship evoke a sense of medieval Europe in Lansing.


Fronting on MLK, the main structure, including the entry and sanctuary, was built in the 1930s. Subsequent additions to the south and west came later. The multicolored stone building features a symmetrical main facade composed of elements characteristic of the Gothic style including an arched entry, classic arched windows, and heavy masonry.


The sister congregation of First Presbyterian and Delta Presbyterian Westminster is a landmark of Lansing's west side. Take time to appreciate this architectural feast for the eyes when stopped at the MLK and Oakland intersection.


— Amanda Harrell-Seyburn To learn more from Harrell-Seyburn, see this story at www.LansingCityPulse.com.




“Eye candy of the Week" is our weekly look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates each with Eyesore of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse.com or call Neal McNamara at 371-5600 ex. 17.

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