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...
June 8 2016
This property was featured as an Eyesore in, 2009 (http://lansingcitypulse.com/article- 3521-eyesore-of-the-week.html and its neglected conditions remain much the same. The broken windows noted then are...
June 1 2016
Alois Sandner of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the April 27 “Eye for Design,” noting that the detail “can be found on one-time apothecary shop” on the corner...
May 25 2016
To begin, the name of this house is pronounced "coals," like the lumps found in the Christmas stockings of naughty children. Designed by architect J. J. Scott of Toledo, the building was one of 11 houses...
May 18 2016
Buildings like this, which is occupied as a sort of musicians' collective, can be found in most urban neighborhoods, formerly serving functions that varied from corner market to hardware store to local...
May 11 2016
Though perhaps not as iconic as Beaumont Tower, the MSU Student Union is nevertheless a campus landmark. With finals week marking the end of another academic year, the building is likely to be the backdrop...
April 27 2016
Aaron Brown of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the March 16 “Eye for Design” as the Comerica Bank (below) on Michigan at Washington. Although the featured detail showed the...
April 13 2016
Although this building, which is the old Sav-Mor grocery store on the north side, seems to need significant attention, in reality it would be greatly aided with the basic act of simplifying the exterior
April 6 2016
This corner building, which is often identified as the first in Lansing constructed specifically for use as offices, was designed by Saginaw-based architect Frederick W. Hollister. Hollister served in...
March 30 2016
While we all accept some advertising as a reality of modern life, very few of us welcome constant bombardment from excessive signs. Yet, this condition is so pervasive that it would be unfair to call out...
March 23 2016
Although not as well regarded culturally as the Wharton Center, the MSU Auditorium is more impressive architecturally. While the former building offers a large, blank façade to Wilson Road, its...
March 16 2016
Chris Wolf of East Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the Feb. 3 “Eye for Design” as “the wonderful staircase of the small office building at 919 East Grand River.”...
March 2 2016
This proposed project of the Board of Water and Light provides an unusual opportunity to protest a future Eyesore, perhaps affecting its appearance for the better. The proposal aims to demolish or move...

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