Feb. 23 2011
Humans weren’t the only Lansing residents snowed in Monday morning. According to zookeeper Dennis Sweeney, the penguins at the Potter Park Zoo found their exhibit impassable after Sunday night’s...
Feb. 21 2011
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Roof damage is an inevitable outcome of a house fire. This house on Ballard has suffered an extensive fire that significantly damaged the roof. It is an...
Feb. 9 2011
Factories were pronounced Cathedrals of Industry, so called for their massive scale and design that rivaled the architecture of Europe’s great houses of worship. Over time, industrial architecture...
Feb. 6 2011
Property: 1115 Regent St., Lansing Assessed: $43,900 Owner: Ellawyne and Dewayne Birch Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Vine-covered dwellings...
Jan. 28 2011
The Dr. Earl G. Kaplan House at 1003 N. Washington Ave. designed by venerable Lansing architect Darius B. Moon is a testament to historic restoration. The nearly century-old Queen Anne has maintained...
Jan. 20 2011
It’s OK to think that this house at 2730 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. looks dreadful with its exposed plywood, mismatched siding and overall disrepair. Lansing-area resident and owner Dave Finet...
Jan. 12 2011
It might be difficult for our modern sensibilities to believe that at one time communities, like Lansing, had a much greater variety of housing types
Jan. 5 2011
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This two-story Lansing home is clad in a classic early 20th century exterior siding that, at one time, was quite handsome but has experienced some neglect....
Dec. 22 2010
Let’s face it: although nobody finds portable toilets particularly appealing, they do provide an essential service. The quintessential blue box is an important feature of festivals, fairs, construction...
Dec. 16 2010
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Living small and reducing your home’s footprint is the best way to live large, environmentally speaking. Join the movement that thousands have embraced...
Dec. 12 2010
Looking to take a trip during the holidays without breaking the bank? Why not partake in the latest trend of a day-long vacation, affectionately known as a “daycation?” Twenty minutes southwest...
Dec. 3 2010
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Barn, shed, Quonset hut, privy call it what you like, these structures like the small metal building accompanying the petite early 20th century house in...
Nov. 24 2010
Are you familiar with 5814 S. Pennsylvania Ave.? As a kind of typical, nondescript large south Lansing retail space, you might remember it as the building that housed the former Ollie Fretter Home Appliance...
Nov. 17 2010
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Neglected garage doors diminish the overall attractiveness of this early 20th century house. Everyone thinks garage doors are no big deal. All too often,...
Nov. 11 2010
With housing values unlikely to increase in the near term, why not invest in energy-saving measures that not only reduce your energy bills but also make you money? Lansing resident Pat Ballentine has provided...
Nov. 5 2010
Address: 1542 N. High St., Lansing Owner: Wanda Lester Assessed value: $28,300 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A damaged roof detracts from...
Oct. 20 2010
Few, very few, Americans live in architectdesigned homes. In fact, architects design less than 2 percent of American homes. You can understand why Addiann Hinds could hardly believe her luck when presented...
Oct. 6 2010
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Original Hot ‘n Now buildings are becoming an incredibly rare find. Although most have been torn down, a shuttered one located at the corner of Larch...
Sept. 22 2010
Property: Capital Area District Library (Downtown), Lansing Every community has a library, the lucky ones have several, but how often do we really take the time to appreciate the buildings? Lansing is...
Sept. 15 2010
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...

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