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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 tree and State Capitol immediately to the south of this imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church can figuratively and literally overshadow it. Impressive as it is, this church is not the best-known work of architect Elijah Myers, who designed the neighboring Capitol building.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 of corrective maintenance. The main level windows are boarded up, and the exposed wood windows on the upper level need a coat of paint.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 utility, the 12th century castle obviously predates the Victorian Era rail. Likewise, this magnificent building on East St. Joseph Street seems curiously out of place, with its front yard at the intersection of a freeway off-ramp and a deadend street.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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, suggest that it predated much of the development around it. In fact, its legal descrip...
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 Island and the other is sited in the Country Club of Lansing neighborhood. This house...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 years as the house deteriorated. No longer solely occupied by its owner, it now contains several individual rental units, confirmed by the multiple mailboxes and corresponding entrances.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 memory, following his passing at the age of 5 in December 2013. East Lansing’s Marble Elementary School families and staff raised money to build the bench, which is used to continue Charlie’s legacy in teaching kindness.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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. Such kiosks are often found in long established neighborhoods, particularly those in large cities, as a way of marking and celebrating individual neighborhoods. More recent mid-century subdivisions marked their limited entrances with similar, monumental signage.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 551 Beech, East Lansing Owners: Julianne and James Rosinksi Shortly after buying this home, its owners located a 1933 photograph of the house taken soon after its construction in 1925. The photo shows the house on the western edge of what was the city’s newly platted...
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 4000 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing Owner: Sam X. Eyde Assessed: $401,400 Owner says: “This site was approved by the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on May 5 this year. We are waiting on final documents any day now, which will allow for the building to be comp...
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