March 18 2015
For a town that calls itself a “City of the Arts,” it is particularly fitting that East Lansing’s public art is approachable. Along Grand River, two sculptures tell the mythological story...
March 4 2015
Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the...
Feb. 25 2015
Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W....
Feb. 18 2015
Property: 734 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: Lansing Mobile Homes LTD PTS, Southfield Assessed value: $253,000 The recently improved crosswalk in front of this building seems slightly absurd along...
Feb. 11 2015
Property: 4650 Meridian Road, Saint Katherine’s Chapel, Williamston The State of Michigan historical marker for this structure suggests that it was “the work of an unsophisticated country...
Feb. 4 2015
To be fair, this house is not excessively deteriorated. Although the trash scattered in the front yard has been removed, the scrubby shrubs and peeling paint remain. It would not be unfair to describe...
Jan. 28 2015
Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return,...
Jan. 21 2015
Property: 5600 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing Owners: Beth and David Kallman Darius B. Moon, Lansing’s most prominent Victorian-era architect, is probably best known for his elaborate urban Queen...
Jan. 14 2015
Property: Unshoveled sidewalks, East Lansing Walkability is one of the fundamental principles of good urbanism. Urban-minded planners will employ straightforward designs in shaping our built environment...
Jan. 7 2015
Property: 1503 Turner Street, Lansing Owner: Pyramid Enterprise, East Lansing Assessed: $37,200 Along the first several blocks of Turner Street near Grand River, the streetscape is cohesive and lined...
Dec. 31 2014
This remarkable building has been in the possession of only three owners since its construction in 1920. The home exhibits all the features typical of the Colonial Revival style, from the strong symmetry...
Dec. 23 2014
Owing to an unusual arrangement, two streets in East Lansing’s Strathmore Addition intersect each other at two different locations. Butterfield Drive, which runs south along the front of this house,...
Dec. 17 2014
With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday...
Dec. 10 2014
The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need...
Dec. 3 2014
Travelers visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, are often overheard asking why the city’s great castle was built so close to the prosaic railroad yard. While the two make a peculiar contrast of majesty and...
Nov. 26 2014
Property: 6201 Lake Road, Haslett Owner: Barbara R. Smith, Greenville, MI (Did not respond for comment) Assessed: $23,900 This property’s isolated site and late 1940’s construction date,...
Nov. 19 2014
Property: 2520 Oxford Road, Lansing Befitting a state defined by two distinct peninsulas, Michigan maintains two separate governor’s residences. The first is a summer house overlooking Mackinac...
Nov. 12 2014
Rather than simply listing this building’s shortcomings, it may be more constructive to search beyond the blight to see what the home was, and could be again. Numerous changes took place over many...
Nov. 5 2014
Among the personal guides he followed during his too short life, Charlie Waller believed that “If a kid is ignored, make him your friend.” This Buddy Bench was built and dedicated in Charlie’s...
Oct. 22 2014
This small, notable kiosk stands at the western edge of the Cherry Hill neighborhood and its small, yet equally notable historic district. The neighborhood was part of the city’s original plat....

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