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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 deteriorated state is a source of exasperation to the nearby owners, particularly those...
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Wednesday, August 19,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 Whitehead, was a local merchant who constructed this elaborate yellow brick home in 1877....
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Wednesday, August 12,2015

Eyesore of the week

REVISITED

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
    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 and trees.” The bay windows, now clearly visible on either side of the entranc...
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 small building housed a well and water pump that served the newly platted Strathmore sub...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Eyesore of the week

Property: 1307 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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, Brown’s point is that tools suited to a single use are difficult to justify, part...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 electrical voltage from high to low, making it available for local distribu...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 the building’s deteriorated condition. The lot is overgrown with weeds and, a...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 well above grade (visible at the left side of the picture above) was equipped with...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 925 W. Lapeer St. Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank Unlike many eyesores, this building and site are well kept. However, the building itself has succumbed to a series of unfortunate alterations and updates. When undertaken, these modifications were presumably intended to ad...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Eye candy of the week

Bike Lanes Greater Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The end of the school year and the approach of summer invariably bring an increase in bicycle traffic, including commuters seeking a healthier substitute to driving and residents looking for alternate modes of transportation. Marked bike lanes help to ensure a safer environment for cyclis...
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