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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn

Property: Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan St., Lansing

Owner: Boji Tower, LLC

Assessed Value: $5,597,900

Few buildings have enjoyed celebrity like the skyscrapers of the 20th century. Skyscrapers define a city’s skyline and identity. On both accounts, Lansing’s tallest building doesn’t disappoint. 

Everybody feels a bit of prestige when they walk inside 124 W. Allegan St. Boji Tower — formerly the Capitol Bank Tower and the Michigan National Tower — is hard to miss. Its 23 stories rise higher than any other structures. The New York firm of Hopkins & Dentz designed the 82-year-old Art Deco building for Ransom E. Olds. In typical skyscraper fashion, the building was built for commerce as the home to Capitol National Bank, a symbol of the city’s economic power. 

Although the view is great, it’s not enough to admire this building as you whiz along Interstate 496. Boji Tower is meant to be experienced from both a distance and up close. Take time to visit not only the exterior, but also the highly decorative interior — including stunning elevator doors that tell the story of Ransom E. Olds.


“Eye candy of the Week” is our look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates with Eyesore of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse.com or call Andy Balaskovitz at 999-5064.

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