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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
You’ve probably never noticed the plinth of erect concrete located in the median of Michigan Avenue on the eastside between Detroit Street and LaSalle Court. It is no ordinary bit of concrete — it’s a Michigan Historical Marker.
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
There’s long-held tradition in naming buildings — Monticello, Farnsworth and Robie, to name a few. Houses are typically named after the first owner or the architect. What do you get when the first owner is also an architect? In Lansing, you get the Darius B. Moon House.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Eyecandy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Opdyke was a Lansing architect who designed this striking modernist cube at 827 N. Washington Ave. Easily overlooked, this diminutive glass and steel box is among the best of the best in Lansing. Flat planes. Flat roof. Large windows. Totally modernist.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
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.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
If you’re like most of us, you’ll be using this special time of the year to reflect and renew. Start the New Year with a resolution to grow your appreciation for mid-Michigan architecture. Try devoting a morning or afternoon a month to observing and engaging with buildings that make up our built environment. Take a walk through your neighborhood, visit a historic district and/or choose a destination building such as a museum.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Holiday windows are a classic seasonal tradition. Started in the 1800s by department stores like R.H. Macy'euro;'s and Marshall Field'euro;'s, elaborate holiday motifs have graced retail stores from mid-November to the New Year. At it'euro;'s height, J. L. Hudson'euro;'s Woodward Avenue store had over fifty display windows.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Michigan may be considered Midwest but its New England heritage is evident in its architecture. There are amazing examples of residential and commercial architecture influenced by the east coast aesthetic, but what about barns. Bucolic cathedrals, barns, are incredible structures with a strong aesthetic.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Whether you travel a short distance for a staycation or a long distance, eco-friendly lodging is one of the best ways to carbon offset travel. The Cozy Koi Bed and Breakfast at 720 Seymour St. is the only bed and breakfast in the Lansing city limits and a Green Lodging Michigan Partner, recognized by the state for its environmental efforts.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Cool autumn days are here and Halloween is just around the corner. There is no better way to enjoy the autumn than to stroll through Mason to admire the stunning residential architecture, including the breathtaking house at 210 East Maple St., located one block from Courthouse Square in downtown.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
The latest addition to East Lansing’s Chesterfield Hills Neighborhood, 359 University Drive completed in April 2011, is a traditional two-story style house that is aesthetically pleasing to our traditional tastes and environmentally friendly. It is a superb example of the evolution and success of today’s green building design.
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