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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.