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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W. Fry, who had coincidently served as an artilleryman in World War I.
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 734 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: Lansing Mobile Homes LTD PTS, Southfield Assessed value: $253,000 The recently improved crosswalk in front of this building seems slightly absurd along this busy stretch of Grand River. However, if this building was connected with its n...
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 4650 Meridian Road, Saint Katherine’s Chapel, Williamston The State of Michigan historical marker for this structure suggests that it was “the work of an unsophisticated country builder.” This blunt opinion notwithstanding, the building demonstrates the ski...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
To be fair, this house is not excessively deteriorated. Although the trash scattered in the front yard has been removed, the scrubby shrubs and peeling paint remain. It would not be unfair to describe the property as “tired.” The main upper story window is damaged and the original trim details were removed or obscured when the current grey siding was installed. With some minor effort, this simple side-loaded home could be transformed into the illustration attached.
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return, the Adams'euro;', who were both licensed pilots, decided to create a home shaped like an airplane.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 5600 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing Owners: Beth and David Kallman Darius B. Moon, Lansing’s most prominent Victorian-era architect, is probably best known for his elaborate urban Queen Anne houses. This Gable Front and Wing, which Moon designed for his cousin, is conside...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Unshoveled sidewalks, East Lansing Walkability is one of the fundamental principles of good urbanism. Urban-minded planners will employ straightforward designs in shaping our built environment to encourage walkability. A well-defined center, with public places to gather is e...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1503 Turner Street, Lansing Owner: Pyramid Enterprise, East Lansing Assessed: $37,200 Along the first several blocks of Turner Street near Grand River, the streetscape is cohesive and lined with pleasant, occasionally eccentric buildings. Just south of this building, the str...
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This remarkable building has been in the possession of only three owners since its construction in 1920. The home exhibits all the features typical of the Colonial Revival style, from the strong symmetry of the front elevation, the groups of multi-paned windows and a distinct emphasis on the entrance, often accentuated with columns and pilasters.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Owing to an unusual arrangement, two streets in East Lansing’s Strathmore Addition intersect each other at two different locations. Butterfield Drive, which runs south along the front of this house, curves to the west and intersects Collingwood Drive near Bailey Park. Proceeding north from that intersection and following Collingwood as it bends east, one returns to this home once again.
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