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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1701 Turner St., Lansing Owner: James V. Ward Jr. Efforts to contact the owner were unsuccessful Looking beyond the weedy pavement and the board-covered windows, this building is located on a promising corner site, with an active, neighboring business that enjoys a great repu...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building, like the neighborhood surrounding it, takes its name from horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Born in South Haven, Bailey graduated from the Michigan Agricultural College in 1882 and later contributed to the founding of agricultural extension services and the 4-H movement.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Looking beyond the obvious problems caused by the vegetation that has enveloped this simple house, it seems to be sited particularly close to the busy public way. The east-facing front porch would make for pleasant evening gatherings, sheltering its users from the setting summer sun. Outside but still covered, people can interact and strengthen neighborhood connections.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 107 W. Riverside St. Williamston Owners: Paula and Ken Zichi Oops: City Pulse mislabeled this eyecandy as an eyesore last week, for which we deserve a black eye. When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a specta...
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a spectacular makeover, when it was converted into this confident Tudor.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1022 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing Owner: David and Wendy Moncada, unavailable for comment Although it is red tagged and boarded up, this simple house appears to be in reasonable shape. A few minor changes, as shown in the above sketch, would significantly improve its curb appeal...
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Wednesday, April 15,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 221 W. Saginaw St. Lansing Although this structure (which is for sale for $279,000) is used as a law office, it was constructed at the turn of the 19th century as a church. Its strong siting at the corner of Saginaw and Seymour streets undoubtedly created a solid earthly pres...
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 2221 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank This building exhibits great potential as a neighborhood resource and invites the public to offer suggestions regarding its continued use. The front elevation has been covered with a field of black paint and the repea...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Broad Museum of Art East Lansing This imposing edifice is sited at the eastern approach to Michigan State University’s campus, where it provides a simple welcome in familiar architectural forms, supplemented with a modern twist. Although only a few years have passed sin...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 6109 S. Cedar St., Lansing Owner: Abraham Cedar Miller LLC Traveling north from Holt or I-96 along Cedar Street, motorists will be greeted by this neglected building at the corner of Miller Road. Although the canopy and pumps are gone, it still displays all the characteristics...
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