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Wednesday, August 28,2013

EYE CANDY OF THE WEEK

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: Arch at Durant Park, 719 N. Washington Ave., Lansing

Owner: City of Lansing

Lansing has beautiful parks. No two are alike in the envious range of civic greens, from the pastoral Hawk Island to the articulated town-square style of Reutter Park.Undulating pathways, tree canopies, acres of civic space and monuments are found throughout.

Passing under the Durant Park Arch just makes you feel grand. It’s simple but effective. Arches make everything more special.Look what the Arch de Triumph did for the Champs-Elysees. Arches and parks are a grand architectural tradition — think of the Marble Arch in London’s Hyde Park and the arch gracing the north end of Washington Square Park in New York City.

The Durant Park Arch was erected in 1924 as a gift from the city to commemorate William C. Durant, the cofounder of General Motors after whom the park was named in 1921. The limestone arch is one of the most notable monuments in Lansing parks. Its cool quotient is increased by the clever minds that thought to illuminate the words, Durant Park.

The Arch was restored in 2004. We can continue to feel that swell of grandeur each time we pass under it for another 90 years.

“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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