Eye Candy! Of the week
|By Chris Parks|
Property: 1230 W. Willow St., Lansing
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A massive hedge at the corner of Roseland Avenue and Willow Street attempts but fails to obscure the home’s exquisite gable designs. Gable designs are lost to neglect and deterioration, which is unfortunate because gable designs are a form of folk art. Individual builders were known for their designs, which varied according to needs of the client. Homeowners to avoid maintenance too often remove gables resulting in the loss of an exquisite art form.
The atmosphere and elegance of certain homes sometimes causes you to wonder if their placement could be more perfect. This is one of those instances.
Built in 1875, the home is tucked snuggly behind the sidewalk bordered by shrubs, and under the shade of stately trees.
Homeowner William Brown purchased the red brick building about almost two years ago, and is maintaining it as four apartments, though he plans to move in.
And when asked what his favorite part of the grand house was, Brown responded simply, “It’s just a neat old place.”
— Chris Parks
existing gable designs. They are a work of art that are a unique
feature of the architecture. Once they are removed, reproduction
requires a highly skilled craftsman and are a costly feature to replace.