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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

Property: 2405 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing

Owner:
Ingham County Treasurer’s Office

Assessed value:
$41,200

Look past the boarded-up windows and overgrown plants: This house is not your typical Eye Candy of the Week. Built in 1875, this Queen Anne-style home in north Lansing needs some attention, but the time is ideal for a new owner to buy it at a favorable price. The house requires new roofing and the rear kitchen wing is stripped to the studs, ready for renovation.

However, on most of the main level of the house, the original interior remains intact, featuring unpainted pine woodwork, Doric columns, pocket doors and a wood tongue and groove ceiling. One bathroom on the second level still has a cast iron claw foot tub.

The exterior also retains its original detailing in the window hoods and turned-porch spindles. The house exhibits features typical of Michigan’s vernacular regionalism: lapped wood siding over framed walls on a masonry foundation, plus a steeply pitched roof with deep eaves. It features an eponymous Michigan basement, accessible from the exterior. A second-level sleeping porch at the rear of the house complements two other main level porches, one in the front and the other facing east.

The property will be listed at the Ingham County Treasurer’s Auction on Oct. 9. Potential bidders must pre-register with the Treasurer’s Office.


Bollman is a local architect interested in historic preservation and critical regionalism. He can be reached at daniel@eastarbor.com.

“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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