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Aug. 17 2017
Tree Details East Lansing Responding to the recent winter ice storms, the Lansing Board of Water & Light has undertaken efforts to clear trees near power lines in East Lansing. Past storms have caused...
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Aug. 10 2017
Despite the very public placement of the detail shown in the May 31 “Eye for Design,” no readers identified its location at the entrance to Morrill Plaza on Michigan State University’s...
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Aug. 3 2017
617 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing This property was provided as a reader tip, with the added comment that it is just down the street from a recent Eye Candy. One can just make out the bottom of an upper...
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July 27 2017
408 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing Approaching this building from the west, one is immediately captured by Barbara Hranilovich’s colorful mural of an urban forest. The liveliness of the mural is carried...
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July 20 2017
EYE CANDY401 S. Capitol Ave. – Lansing Public Library The patterned cladding on this building, which serves as the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Libraries, brightens the streetscape...
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April 5 2017
This International Style building was designed by Detroit architect Ralph R. Calder in 1956, incorporating such style-defining features as flat roofs and smooth wall planes. Although the main entrance...
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March 29 2017
This building — owned by the Boji Group and scheduled to be replaced by a $12 million office and hotel complex — was a Howard Johnson’s motel. The back of the lot is scarred with broken...
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March 22 2017
The date of this edifice’s construction in 1953 is noted prominently on the cornerstone facing Grand River. However, the building’s dedication was postponed until October 1969. In accordance...
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March 8 2017
Juliet Levy-Weston of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the detail shown in the Jan. 25 "Eye for Design," which she may pick up at City Pulse. She said that the "red stone carved twigs...
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Feb. 22 2017
When this location was featured as an Eyesore in April 2014, it was “vacant and boarded, its falling soffit precariously held up by the former restaurant’s mechanical equipment.” The...
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Feb. 15 2017
Architectural critics often divide their subjects into ‘capital A’ Architecture and ‘small a’ architecture. The former category includes famous museums, large monuments and examples...
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Jan. 25 2017
In spite of the very public placement of the detail below, no observers were able to identify its location as the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. The building, constructed in 1927, served as the...
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Jan. 18 2017
While not as obviously eye-catching as its Old Town neighbors (or the delightful mural on its northern wing), this building exhibits a simple elegance and authentic details. The main front facade is divided...
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Jan. 11 2017
According to a reader’s tip, “The AT&T building on Washington Ave. is not a bad example of brutish architecture, but the windows at street level which once held a communication timeline have...
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Dec. 14 2016
Timothy Bowman of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the detail in the Nov. 2 Eye for Design as ‘’one of the mill stones in front of the Christman Building (below),” 208...
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Nov. 30 2016
The structure below was our eyesore back in October 2014. At that time, it was noted that there was significant wood rot and that a restoration of the signage on one face of the structure had been poorly...
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Nov. 23 2016
Recent architectural theory provides direction toward shaping a structure by accounting for a series of building contexts. One factor, Context of Purpose, considers whether a building’s appearance...
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Nov. 16 2016
Apart from this short section of the street, this block is home to numerous tidy buildings within a successful commercial district. While this building exhibits some maintenance concerns, the state of...
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Nov. 9 2016
Running north from Grand River, this week’s feature departs from the usual focus on object buildings. In contrast to the typical utilitarian, avoidable alleys, this place is an assembly of individual...
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Nov. 2 2016
Emma Henry of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the detail in the Sept. 14 ‘Eye for Design,’ stating, “The owl is outside HopCat (below) on the corner entrance!”...

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