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...
Sept. 16 2015
At first glance, it is the obvious things that draw one’s eye to this elaborate building. The fluted Corinthian columns and pilasters on the front portico and the multi-colored woodwork on the third...
Sept. 9 2015
Property: 323 North Sycamore St., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank (This Eyesore is being rerun to include architect Dan Bollman’s sketch of what it could look like as an Eyecandy.) While...
Aug. 26 2015
Property: 323 N. Sycamore St., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank While this house needs significant repair, it is ideally located on a street composed of beautiful homes. No doubt, its continued...
Aug. 19 2015
Property: 533 S. Grand Ave., Lansing This building, which marks the west entrance to the Cherry Hill Historic District, is associated with two historically significant individuals. The first, Alvin...
Aug. 12 2015
Property: 2222 Grand River Ave. Okemos This building was featured as an Eyesore in July 2012. At that time, the front elevation was nearly covered “by rampantly overgrown shrubs...
Aug. 5 2015
Property: 368 Orchard St., East Lansing Owner: City of East Lansing This Colonial Revival structure was designed by East Lansing architect Harold Childs. When it was constructed in the 1930s, this...
July 22 2015
Author and celebrity chef Alton Brown often discusses the pointlessness of collecting kitchen utensils that are limited to one function. While he admits that a fire extinguisher is a notable exception,...
July 15 2015
Property: 119 S. Magnolia Ave. Magnolia Street Substation Lansing Located within the yellow brick walls of this simple building, the industrial equipment used by the Lansing Board of Water & Light transforms...
July 8 2015
Property: 114 Clare St. Lansing Charter Township Granted, this building is not located in the most visible or well-travelled precinct. However, the light industrial atmosphere of the area does not excuse...
July 1 2015
Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing Located on MSU’s Laboratory Row, this building was constructed in 1901 for the State Agricultural College dairy plant. At that time, the pair of doors located...

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