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Friday, January 28,2011

Eye candy! of the week

1003 N. Washington Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn

Property: 1003 N. Washington Ave., Lansing


Owner: Farhat & Story, P.C.


Assessed value: $29,900


The Dr. Earl G. Kaplan House at 1003 N. Washington Ave. — designed by venerable Lansing architect Darius B. Moon — is a testament to historic restoration. The nearly century-old Queen Anne has maintained its stunning early 20th-century character throughout its varied existence.


First, it was a single family home. Then it was a funeral home, followed by a lengthy stint as a multi-family dwelling. Next, it was the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association’s headquarters and nonprofit offices. Now it’s the home of Farhat & Story, P.C.


Historic houses located in predominately commercial areas, like the Kaplan, that have outlived their original use are particularly well-suited to adaptive reuse — reinventing old buildings while maintaining the historic character. Attorney Kitty Groh says it has been an ideal setting for the law practice because of its warmth and character.


Located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Kilburn Street, the prominent building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and is adorned with an Ingham County Historic Marker. Take time to acquaint yourself with this lovely building — marvel at the many extraordinary lives buildings live.


Here’s a list of other historical markers in Ingham County:



  • Ingham Library, 201 W. Ash St., Mason

  • Gunn School House, corner of Washington and Holt roads, Delhi Township

  • Lake Lansing Park South, 1538 W. Lake Lansing Road, Haslett

  • North Lansing Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing

  • Shagbark Estate, 2905 Rowley Road, Williamston

  • Williamston Depot, 369 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston

  • Pioneer Cemetery, Aurelius Road, across from Holt United Methodist Church, Delhi Township

  • Michigan School for the Blind, 715 W. Willow St., Lansing

  • First Presbyterian Church of Mason, 131 E. Maple St., Mason

  • Pink School, 707 Ash St., Mason

  • Creyts Place Development, 831 N. Washington Ave., Lansing

  • First Weather Bureau, Colonel Frederick Schneider Home, 726 Seymour St., Lansing

  • Webberville United Methodist Church, 205 N. Summit St., Webberville

  • Phoenix or Henderson Mill, 200 State St., Mason

  • The Kaplan House, 1003 N. Washington Ave., Lansing

  • Cherry Street School, 520 Cherry St., Lansing

  • Ingham County Fairgrounds, Ash Street, Mason

  • Leslie GAR Building, Leslie

  • First Emanual Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing

  • White Oak Township Hall, 1002 M-52, Webberville

  • Mason Depot, 111 N. Mason St., Mason

  • Aurelius School, 1010 Aurelius Road, Mason

  • Phillips School, 1975 Hagadorn Road, Alaiedon Township

  • Sheriff’s House, 1700 E. Howell Road, Mason

  • Lawton T. Hemans’ property, 624 S. Lansing Road, Mason

  • Poor Farm Cemetery, Dobie Road, Okemos


 Learn more about the Ingham County Historic Marker Program here

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