Eyesore of the week
|By Brandon Kirby|
Building: 1203 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Owner: T & D Developers
Taxpayers: T & D Developers
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Lansings REO Town contains a variety of architectural gems, including the Grand Trunk Western Rail Station Lansing Depot. The turnof-the-century depot is an excellent example of Jacobethan Revival style train station designed by the Detroit architectural firm, Spiers and Rohm, known for notable train stations around Michigan and in other states. The depot features a classic tower and a beautiful covered outdoor waiting area and Jacobethan Revival architectural details like a steeply pitched terra cotta roof, and decorative brick with stone trim around the windows and doorways. To learn more from Harrell-Seyburn, see this story on www.LansingCityPulse. com
The sign on the front of 1203 S. Washington Ave. promises that inside this former train station turned restaurant (now closed) there will be “blues, booze and barbecues,” but looking at this gorgeous but neglected building only gives you the blues.
This building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and, according to state records, Gerald Ford made a campaign stop here in 1976.
From afar, one may be able to admire the unique architecture of the building. But up close, it is a different story: the boards over the windows are worn, and where there are none windows are smashed. The roof is falling apart, and, of course, scrawled on the building’s walls is hideous graffiti.
More from Harrell-Seyburn on the Lansing Depot:
It may surprise Lansing residents that the Lansing Depot is listed as building No. 80004605s on the National Register of Historic Places. A building listed on the National Register does not guarantee that it will be protected from disrepair. The National Register is simply a designation that denotes a building's historical significance but does not necessarily guarantee the building's preservation. The Lansing Depot is an incredible architectural treasure to the Lansing community.
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