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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Manufacturers Bank of Lansing/ Comerica Bank, 101 N. Washington Square, Lansing Owner: Comerica Inc. Assessed value: $600,000 In spite of its commanding presence and exposed location, this impressive building is often overlooked. Approaching from the east along Michigan Avenue...
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Although this building features the truncated “witches hat” roof characteristic of nationally known fast-food franchise Pizza Hut, it was once the home of Lansing’s Famous Taco. Now vacant and boarded, its falling soffit is precariously held up by the former restaurant’s mechanical equipment. In a show of disregard toward the residents of nearby homes, even the Realtor’s sign is neglected and collapsed.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Even setting aside the recent proliferation of zombie franchises, as a society, we have collective difficulties with death and its ultimate inevitability. Graveyards are nearly always located on outskirts of cities or in places no one visits.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Eyecandy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Harold A. Childs House, 343 M.A.C Ave., East Lansing Owner: Kathleen Terry and Jamie Lidstrom Assessed value: $78,100 This house is located in a transition area between East Lansing’s commercial and residential zones. Appropriately, the building’s history recal...
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Opened in 1921 as The Strand Theatre, this ornately detailed building is an example of Beaux Arts style, which offers fresh interpretations of classical Greek and Roman architectural elements.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 935 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Owner: Financial Service Center Inc. Assessed value: $0 Architecture from the middle decades of the 20th century is enjoying a new-found appreciation. When buildings pass 50 years of age, their status grows, as they become cultural and...
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Apart from the awkwardly heavy parapet that encircles the roof, this building exhibits elegant details rendered in brick and stone. Deeply set double hung windows rest on bracketed limestone sills. The classical portico, with heavy Doric columns, maintains a powerful presence on a street lined with automobile parking and modern architecture. However, relatively recent modifications to this century-old building detract from its classical beauty.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Sitting back from South Washington Avenue and in the shadows of the Board of Water and Light’s new cogeneration power plant and headquarters, this building once served as a depot for the Grand Trunk Railroad.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this house was damaged in a fire and has been in poor condition since 2010. The recent state of the economy cannot have been helpful in hastening the home’s return to normal use. This home — indeed, the entire block — demonstrates the Minimal Traditional style, typical of post-war, working-class homes.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Located in Old Town, this unassuming structure has an equally humble beginning. The building is narrow, measuring a mere 17 feet wide, and sits adjacent to the Pennsylvania Lines railway. It was constructed in 1915 in response to repeated public requests for a public restroom in North Lansing.
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