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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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Thursday, January 9,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Given the wide variety of architecture in greater Lansing, a vacant lot is not a likely Eye Candy subject. However, considering the building that had been at this site, the decision to remove it provided a marked improvement.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Horticultural Laboratory Building (Eustace-Cole Hall), 468 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing Owner: Michigan State University A short walk along MSU’s West Circle Drive rewards admirers of traditional architecture. There, a string of buildings referred to as Laboratory R...
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Eye Candy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
With the filing of an application to demolish this striking building, little time remains to enjoy it before it is razed. The house was constructed in 1928 as a convent for St. Casimir’s Catholic Church. Located in the Moore’s Park Neighborhood of Lansing, the building sits immediately south of the church’s main campus on Sparrow Avenue.
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