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Wednesday, March 18,2015

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Andromeda and Cassiopeia East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
For a town that calls itself a “City of the Arts,” it is particularly fitting that East Lansing’s public art is approachable. Along Grand River, two sculptures tell the mythological story of Queen Cassiopeia and Andromeda. In the familiar tale, Cassiopeia claims that her daughter is more beautiful than the Nereids. Responding to Cassiopeia’s vain assertion, the gods threaten to send a sea monster to destroy her kingdom. To avoid this fate, Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice to the monster. The hero Perseus saves and later marries the princess.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

Icicles

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the storm that struck the Lansing area last winter, ice is heavy and if not removed, can damage trees, utility wires and buildings. A standard gutter filled with ice weighs an additional five pounds per each lineal foot. Extended along the length of a building, the additional weight can detach the eavestrough or distort the eave.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W. Fry, who had coincidently served as an artilleryman in World War I.
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 734 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: Lansing Mobile Homes LTD PTS, Southfield Assessed value: $253,000 The recently improved crosswalk in front of this building seems slightly absurd along this busy stretch of Grand River. However, if this building was connected with its n...
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 4650 Meridian Road, Saint Katherine’s Chapel, Williamston The State of Michigan historical marker for this structure suggests that it was “the work of an unsophisticated country builder.” This blunt opinion notwithstanding, the building demonstrates the ski...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
To be fair, this house is not excessively deteriorated. Although the trash scattered in the front yard has been removed, the scrubby shrubs and peeling paint remain. It would not be unfair to describe the property as “tired.” The main upper story window is damaged and the original trim details were removed or obscured when the current grey siding was installed. With some minor effort, this simple side-loaded home could be transformed into the illustration attached.
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return, the Adams'euro;', who were both licensed pilots, decided to create a home shaped like an airplane.
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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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