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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn

Property:  Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., Lansing

Owner: City of Lansing

Assessed value: $0

Great architecture can make you go that extra mile — literally. If you find yourself altering your route or walking a few extra blocks just so you can drive by that one particular building, you know the architecture is truly successful. 

Architecture is a success when it evokes an emotional response that lifts the spirits. The Turner-Dodge House is without question one of the great architectural beauties of Lansing that just makes you feel good. It’s exactly the type of building that draws you to it, time and again. 

The remarkable 19th-century home-turned-museum is a true delight. In its present state, it is a Classical Revival style residence with red brick and a massive porch with corinthian columns. But look closely: See if you can spot the telltale signs of its previous life as a Greek Revival. 

The Turner-Dodge house is really worth traveling those few extra blocks from Larch Street to North Grand River Avenue, or that extra quarter mile north on the River Trail.

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