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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Eye Candy! Of the week

Penguin exhibit, Potter Park Zoo

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Humans weren’t the only Lansing residents snowed in Monday morning. According to zookeeper Dennis Sweeney, the penguins at the Potter Park Zoo found their exhibit impassable after Sunday night’s blizzard. But after Sweeney freed their pathways of snow, it was business as usual ' swimming, eating and entertaining the public.
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Monday, February 21,2011

Eyesore of the week

4720 Ballard Road, Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Roof damage is an inevitable outcome of a house fire. This house on Ballard has suffered an extensive fire that significantly damaged the roof. It is an excellent opportunity to not only replace the roof, but to make the dwelling more clean, green and energy efficient with sustainable upgrades.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Eye candy of the Week

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Complex

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Factories were pronounced Cathedrals of Industry, so called for their massive scale and design that rivaled the architecture of Europe’s great houses of worship. Over time, industrial architecture has become increasingly nondescript ' you can’t have pride in something you can’t identify.
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Sunday, February 6,2011

Eyesore of the week

1115 Regent St., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 1115 Regent St., Lansing Assessed: $43,900 Owner: Ellawyne and Dewayne Birch Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Vine-covered dwellings can evoke a sense of 18th-century romanticism or spell disaster.
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Friday, January 28,2011

Eye candy! of the week

1003 N. Washington Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
The Dr. Earl G. Kaplan House at 1003 N. Washington Ave. ' designed by venerable Lansing architect Darius B. Moon ' is a testament to historic restoration. The nearly century-old Queen Anne has maintained its stunning early 20th-century character throughout its varied existence.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Eyesore of the week

2730 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It’s OK to think that this house at 2730 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. looks dreadful with its exposed plywood, mismatched siding and overall disrepair. Lansing-area resident and owner Dave Finet is the first to agree that it’s truly an eyesore.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Eye candy! of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It might be difficult for our modern sensibilities to believe that at one time communities, like Lansing, had a much greater variety of housing types
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Eyesore of the week

1112 Bensch St., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This two-story Lansing home is clad in a classic early 20th century exterior siding that, at one time, was quite handsome but has experienced some neglect. Let’s be clear: There is no such thing as a maintenance-free exterior finish.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Eye Candy! of the week

1417 Sheldon Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Let’s face it: although nobody finds portable toilets particularly appealing, they do provide an essential service. The quintessential blue box is an important feature of festivals, fairs, construction sites and just about anywhere there is a large crowd.
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Thursday, December 16,2010

Eyesore of the week

312 Mifflin Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Living small and reducing your home’s footprint is the best way to live large, environmentally speaking. Join the movement that thousands have embraced and live in a structure less than 800 square feet. You can buy house plans and build your own or get a prefabricated one.
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