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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This small, notable kiosk stands at the western edge of the Cherry Hill neighborhood and its small, yet equally notable historic district. The neighborhood was part of the city’s original plat. Such kiosks are often found in long established neighborhoods, particularly those in large cities, as a way of marking and celebrating individual neighborhoods. More recent mid-century subdivisions marked their limited entrances with similar, monumental signage.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 551 Beech, East Lansing Owners: Julianne and James Rosinksi Shortly after buying this home, its owners located a 1933 photograph of the house taken soon after its construction in 1925. The photo shows the house on the western edge of what was the city’s newly platted...
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 4000 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing Owner: Sam X. Eyde Assessed: $401,400 Owner says: “This site was approved by the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on May 5 this year. We are waiting on final documents any day now, which will allow for the building to be comp...
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Throughout the past 10 years, as this building sat vacant, it served as the subject of studies by area professionals as well as students of interior design at Michigan State University. Designed by Orley Munson of the Lansingbased architectural firm Bowd Munson, this sleek landmark was constructed by the Christman Co., which completed work in 1938.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Eyecandy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This property once served as a corner grocery, built in the 1920s by Anna and Michael Scieszka, who had recently emigrated from Poland. The simple wood-framed building sat a few steps above the sidewalk on a rusticated concrete block foundation. Like many small, family-owned groceries of the era, the building supplied the needs of its immediate neighborhood with fresh groceries and produce.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this property has stood with torn paper in the windows for at least four years. To be fair, compared to the typical Eyesore, the conditions at this property are a minor nuisance. From the exterior, the split-level home appears to be in reasonably good shape. Apart from the now-fallen paper curtain the front picture window and the saplings growing in the eavestroughs, the house appears to be in good shape.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Nearly hidden on a narrow strip of land between a parking lot and an active railroad track, these gardens provide a pleasant retreat, particularly at this time of year, with colorful blooms and ripening produce. The Imagination Arbor near the main entrance leads to the ABC Garden – with plants from alyssum to zinnias – in the shadow of the outdoor Garden Amphitheater. From there, paths wander through various themed patches, such as the Pizza Garden with peppers and garlic or the Perfume Garden with fragrant lavender and mint.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1044 Sunset Lane, East Lansing Owner: Janice Pfeifer Assessed: $89,600 At first glance, this innocuous house is typical of those throughout its neighborhood. It displays a pleasant, simple mass, offset by tired synthetic siding. However, the retractable awning is a throwback...
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Built in 1924 as the Olds Hotel, the building was repurposed as an office building in the 1990s and renamed after Michigan’s 43rd governor. Like many buildings downtown, this impressive block is often overshadowed by the grandeur of the Capitol. Pedestrians studying the building are encouraged to step within and enjoy the soaring atrium that replaces the hotel’s original light court.
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