Sept. 15 2010 12:00 AM

Eyesore of the week

Property: 413 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank Fast Track Authority Assessed: $27,000 Owner says: It´s coming down Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Look closely. Obscured by the heavily boarded-up face of 413 S. Pennsylvania Ave., the pointed arch of a Gothic-style window peaks out from beneath a plywood board located just below the gable. Typically found on Neo-Gothic style buildings of the same period, the pointed arch window is most certainly a later addition to the house. It replaced a double-hung window or vent typically found on this traditional, early-20th century wood frame house. To learn more about Gothic-style pointed arches from Harrell-Seyburn, see this story at www.

The Ingham County Land Bank purchased this home in May for $9,000 after the original owners contacted the Land Bank with concerns about maintaining the home. About six weeks ago, a fire ravaged the northeast side of the house, which police are still investigating, Land Bank Chairman Eric Schertzing said.

In the meantime, the house sits next to another red-tagged home, adjacent to two gas stations.

Melted siding, broken glass and garbage litter the narrow space between the alley and the north side of the house. The spacious front porch is a receptacle for more broken glass, garbage, curtains, wood and a window screen.

Tired of looking at this eyesore on your daily commute? No worries, Schertzing said: It’s coming down soon.

— Andy Balaskovitz

“Eyesore of the Week" is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail or call 371-5600 ex. 17.