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...
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...
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...
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...
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!”...
Oct. 26 2016
While this block enjoys significant urban cohesiveness, its troubles are not limited to the buildings. The dedicated bicycle lane helps, but rapid, one-way automobile traffic along this stretch of Saginaw...
Oct. 12 2016
Designed by the father and son team of Lee and Kenneth Black, the sanctuary of this church was constructed in 1954. The building was expanded with a flat-roofed 1961 addition that enveloped the original...
Sept. 28 2016
Six years ago, Lansing Community College, the Allen Neighborhood Center and the Ingham County Lank Bank announced they would join hands to save this home, built in 1922, and another a few doors away as...
Sept. 21 2016
Taking its name from the use of the ancient architectural orders, the Neo-Classical Revival style traces its immediate origins to the extensive classical themes found in the pavilions at the 1893 World’s...
Sept. 14 2016
Cathy Caswell of East Lansing was the only eagle-eyed observer to identify the detail in the Aug. 10 Eye for Design, found “on the front of St. John Student Church on MAC Avenue in East Lansing
Sept. 7 2016
The passing of Labor Day hints of the approaching chilly football Saturdays and the heat of Election Day. Since most press is directed toward the national elections, we might be inclined to overlook local...
Aug. 31 2016
For visitors approaching from the west along Grand River, this building housing Tavern 109 appears to sit in the middle of the avenue. An irregularity in the city plan, possibly following a bend in the...
Aug. 17 2016
Gertrude Stein is credited with coining the phrase “There is no there, there” to describe the pervasive anonymity of our built environment. This state of "placelessness" is frequently used...
Aug. 10 2016
Monty Nye of Grand Ledge was the first person to correctly identify the July 13 “Eye for Design,” which showed one of the stone carvings at Lansing’s Firehouse #1 (below), at Shiawassee...
Aug. 3 2016
The “Grove” from which this home’s street takes its name refers to a wooded area within the College Grove subdivision that was originally to be preserved as park. The subdivision was...
July 20 2016
The odd asymmetrical roof and the siding changes along the wall to the left of the porch suggest that this building has seen several alterations since its construction in the early 1920s. More recently,...
July 13 2016
While there were a few close guesses, no one correctly identified the light fixture in the June 1 “Eye for Design.” The lamp is one of several hanging at the Grand River entrance to the The...
July 6 2016
This house sits on a broad residential lot behind a circular drive that leads to a deep cathedral-ceilinged portico. Custom designed louvered copper lanterns flank the entry steps. A cascade of telescoping...
June 22 2016
This sign faces the southbound lane of Capitol City Boulevard, seen as one departs the Capital Region International Airport. For reasons of practicality and safety, most airports are located in wide open...
June 15 2016
This building and its mirror image seen at the right edge of the photo form bookends that will eventually frame an entrance to this long-term development on the east side of Lansing. Designer-builder Dave...

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