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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1022 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing Owner: David and Wendy Moncada, unavailable for comment Although it is red tagged and boarded up, this simple house appears to be in reasonable shape. A few minor changes, as shown in the above sketch, would significantly improve its curb appeal...
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Wednesday, April 15,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 221 W. Saginaw St. Lansing Although this structure (which is for sale for $279,000) is used as a law office, it was constructed at the turn of the 19th century as a church. Its strong siting at the corner of Saginaw and Seymour streets undoubtedly created a solid earthly pres...
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 2221 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank This building exhibits great potential as a neighborhood resource and invites the public to offer suggestions regarding its continued use. The front elevation has been covered with a field of black paint and the repea...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Broad Museum of Art East Lansing This imposing edifice is sited at the eastern approach to Michigan State University’s campus, where it provides a simple welcome in familiar architectural forms, supplemented with a modern twist. Although only a few years have passed sin...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 6109 S. Cedar St., Lansing Owner: Abraham Cedar Miller LLC Traveling north from Holt or I-96 along Cedar Street, motorists will be greeted by this neglected building at the corner of Miller Road. Although the canopy and pumps are gone, it still displays all the characteristics...
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Eye candy of the week

Andromeda and Cassiopeia East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 of Queen Cassiopeia and Andromeda. In the familiar tale, Cassiopeia claims that her daughter is more beautiful than the Nereids. Responding to Cassiopeia’s vain assertion, the gods threaten to send a sea monster to destroy her kingdom. To avoid this fate, Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice to the monster. The hero Perseus saves and later marries the princess.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

Icicles

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 storm that struck the Lansing area last winter, ice is heavy and if not removed, can damage trees, utility wires and buildings. A standard gutter filled with ice weighs an additional five pounds per each lineal foot. Extended along the length of a building, the additional weight can detach the eavestrough or distort the eave.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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. Fry, who had coincidently served as an artilleryman in World War I.
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 this busy stretch of Grand River. However, if this building was connected with its n...
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
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 builder.” This blunt opinion notwithstanding, the building demonstrates the ski...
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