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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 5600 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing Owners: Beth and David Kallman Darius B. Moon, Lansing’s most prominent Victorian-era architect, is probably best known for his elaborate urban Queen Anne houses. This Gable Front and Wing, which Moon designed for his cousin, is conside...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Unshoveled sidewalks, East Lansing Walkability is one of the fundamental principles of good urbanism. Urban-minded planners will employ straightforward designs in shaping our built environment to encourage walkability. A well-defined center, with public places to gather is e...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1503 Turner Street, Lansing Owner: Pyramid Enterprise, East Lansing Assessed: $37,200 Along the first several blocks of Turner Street near Grand River, the streetscape is cohesive and lined with pleasant, occasionally eccentric buildings. Just south of this building, the str...
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This remarkable building has been in the possession of only three owners since its construction in 1920. The home exhibits all the features typical of the Colonial Revival style, from the strong symmetry of the front elevation, the groups of multi-paned windows and a distinct emphasis on the entrance, often accentuated with columns and pilasters.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Owing to an unusual arrangement, two streets in East Lansing’s Strathmore Addition intersect each other at two different locations. Butterfield Drive, which runs south along the front of this house, curves to the west and intersects Collingwood Drive near Bailey Park. Proceeding north from that intersection and following Collingwood as it bends east, one returns to this home once again.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday tree and State Capitol immediately to the south of this imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church can figuratively and literally overshadow it. Impressive as it is, this church is not the best-known work of architect Elijah Myers, who designed the neighboring Capitol building.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need of corrective maintenance. The main level windows are boarded up, and the exposed wood windows on the upper level need a coat of paint.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Travelers visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, are often overheard asking why the city’s great castle was built so close to the prosaic railroad yard. While the two make a peculiar contrast of majesty and utility, the 12th century castle obviously predates the Victorian Era rail. Likewise, this magnificent building on East St. Joseph Street seems curiously out of place, with its front yard at the intersection of a freeway off-ramp and a deadend street.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 6201 Lake Road, Haslett Owner: Barbara R. Smith, Greenville, MI (Did not respond for comment) Assessed: $23,900 This property’s isolated site and late 1940’s construction date, suggest that it predated much of the development around it. In fact, its legal descrip...
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 2520 Oxford Road, Lansing Befitting a state defined by two distinct peninsulas, Michigan maintains two separate governor’s residences. The first is a summer house overlooking Mackinac Island and the other is sited in the Country Club of Lansing neighborhood. This house...
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