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233 E. Grand River Ave. (Potbelly Sandwich Shop) East Lansing

The City of East Lansing regularly features historic photos on its Facebook page, recently including an image capturing the building above, bedecked with a 1980s makeover. While one might question the decision to cover a durable brick building with wood, the treatment addressed a common way to revive older urban buildings in many cities. Similar cladding methods were proposed to “modernize” old buildings in response to the loss of business as customers followed merchants to new locations, including regional and strip malls. The wood was removed some time ago, but the City’s photo brings new appreciation to this attractive background building. Its heavy masonry cladding rests on a sturdy base. Strong pilasters anchor the facades, and the corner entry welcomes patrons from all approaches.

“Eye Candy of the Week” is our weekly look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates each with Eyesore of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.