Feb. 24 2016
Built in 1881, this landmark building is easily identified by the prominent tower that faces MSU’s ‘Sacred Space.’ During the tenure of President Theophilus Abbot, landscape gardener...
Feb. 17 2016
This subject will draw numerous detractors, as it pertains more to regionalism rather than so-called bad architecture. And very few people eagerly anticipate the prospect of clearing sidewalks with a snow...
Feb. 10 2016
Designed by Detroit-area architects Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, this building has served as the headquarters for the Michigan State Medical Society since its completion in 1961
Feb. 3 2016
Tim Bogar of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the mosaic surrounding the entrance to the Lansing Art Gallery on Washington Square as the December Eye for Design
Jan. 27 2016
Admittedly, the designation of ‘”Eyesore” isn’t entirely appropriate for this property at the corner of Kalamazoo and Shepard streets. Beyond the boarded-up windows and minor graffiti,...
Jan. 20 2016
This building might have been constructed in a different place in 1892, were it not for the objections of Michigan Agricultural College President Oscar Clute. When the original Botany building burned in...
Jan. 13 2016
As is often the case with vacant buildings, this former office exhibits neglected upkeep. A fallen eaves trough blocks the main entrance and sections of siding have are missing from the south elevation....
Dec. 30 2015
Mike Stevens of Grand Ledge was the first person to correctly provide the identity of the Dec. 9 Eye for Design (see below). Stevens described the detail as the “piers at the massive stone entrance...
Dec. 23 2015
This building is located near the south end of Michigan State University, although its appearance matches the Collegiate Gothic buildings in the older parts of campus. Considering that the facility was...
Dec. 16 2015
Given the recent pattern of unseasonal temperatures, the lighted State Tree may be the single constant reminder of the current seasonal spirit. Erected at the terminus of Michigan Avenue near Capitol Avenue,...
Dec. 9 2015
Cathy Huddy of Lansing was the first person to correctly identify the inaugural Eye for Design — in this case a relief from the entrance to the Olin Memorial Health Center at Michigan State University,...
Dec. 2 2015
Featured as an Eyesore in June 2014, the grounds at the Marvin E. Beekman Center have since enjoyed significant improvements. At that time, “the faded peach playground equipment (was) partially draped...
Nov. 25 2015
When the current owners bought the Bank of Lansing building in 2005, their purchase agreement stipulated that they would not operate the facility as a bank for at least 10 years. Mary and David Swanson...
Nov. 11 2015
British architect CFA Voysey admonished, “Never look at an ugly thing twice. It is fatally easy to get accustomed to corrupting influences.” The metropolitan Lansing area enjoys an outstanding...
Nov. 4 2015
This impressive building is on Michigan State University’s “Laboratory Row,” a portion of West Circle Drive that features some of the campus’ oldest remaining buildings. It was...
Oct. 28 2015
With autumn in full flush, one’s eyes are naturally drawn upward to enjoy the resplendent colors of the season. Unfortunately, that view is diminished when the bright colors are pruned away to allow...
Oct. 21 2015
Marking the southern edge of the Oakwood Historic District, Valley Court Park sits at the base of a steep hill that separates it from East Lansing’s Oakwood Neighborhood. The elevation change can...
Oct. 14 2015
Eyesore RevisitedProperty: Bamboo Restaurant1020 Trowbridge Road
Oct. 7 2015
With the arrival of autumn, this might be an ideal time to visit the fish ladder in Lansing’s Burchard Park
Sept. 23 2015
While the actual city limits are several blocks to the west, this intersection serves as the apparent western entrance to East Lansing, subtly marking one end of the central business district with a slight...

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