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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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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 108 S. Hosmer St., Lansing Owner: 108 Hosmer LLC Assessed Value: $227,000 There is good news about this week’s eyesore: It is apparently on its way to being an eye candy. A 2001 fire badly damaged the vacant apartment building visible from Michigan Avenue, but the owners...
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Eye Candy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This grand icon of Michigan State University was built in 1928-29. It is located on the former site of College Hall, which served as the first instructional building at MSU and had collapsed in the previous decade. The tower rises above its brick covered plaza to a height of 104 feet, overlooking the Campus Circle.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 123 S. Washington Square (Rouser Building), Lansing While this building is showing its age in some minor details, it remains a graceful presence along South Washington Square. Despite its prominent corner location, the building’s eye-catching neighbors easily divert at...
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Before this house was significantly damaged by fire, it was a humble example of the Craftsman style. In exchange for the low pitched roof, typical of the style, this home has ample room for living above the front porch and in a dormer on its west side. The resulting form is called “bungaloid,” which accounts for this additional upper level space. In contrast, the related term “bungalow,” which is frequently paired with the Craftsman style, never includes more than a single story.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Eyecandy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 810 West Grand River (Psi Upsilon Fraternity), East Lansing Built in 1926, this building serves as the home of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Michigan State University. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, it borrows details directly from original Italian sources. At the h...
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
While those familiar with Lansing will have little difficulty identifying this small but notable building, strangers will find that its deep setbacks make it difficult to locate, particularly along busy Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
As is too often true of old buildings, this home has been covered with synthetic siding. Such work is ostensibly performed as a maintenance reduction or energy-saving effort. However, when undertaken, the exterior is frequently stripped of any details that project from its elevations.
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