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...
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,...