Eyesore of the week
|By Amanda Harrell-Seyburn|
1115 Regent St., Lansing
Property: 1115 Regent St., Lansing
Owner: Ellawyne and Dewayne Birch
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Vine-covered dwellings can evoke a sense of 18th-century romanticism or spell disaster. Thinking of coaxing some vines up the side of your house? Take note — nature can take over if not maintained. Exhibit A is this delightfully diminutive house at 1115 Regent St. near the Aurelius Road and Main Street intersection just south of Interstate 496. What seems like a harmless vine is actually enveloping the structure, causing increased moisture in the walls — particularly on those areas missing siding — accelerating deterioration. Rest assured that with proper maintenance, vegetation does not cause extensive damage and can be one of the loveliest ways to celebrate your home with nature.
The best way to get that beautiful vine-covered look without compromising the exterior structure of your home is by making the vine appear to climb the wall without actually coming into contact with the building.
1115 Regent looks like it could collapse with a strong wind, and that is backed up with two unsafe-to-enter notices from the Code Compliance Office. The rotting and partially boarded-up frame is wrapped in untrimmed vines like a crude gift. A glimpse through the three front windows shows trash scattered throughout the living room.
— Fiona Guo
“Eyesore of the Week" is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andy Balaskovitz at 371-5600 ex. 17.