Monday, October 28, 2013

Slightly Wandering Around Lansing

I decided to head over to Lansing yesterday.  I was thinking about going to the Michigan Historical Museum but I got a late start so I didn't go there.  I did however wander around the area near the Capitol Building.  One of these days,  I should do a more proper architecture tour of Lansing.
 The first building I ran across was the Boji Tower.  At 23 stories, it is the tallest building in Lansing.  It is also known as the Olds Tower or the Capital Bank Tower.  It was originally constructed as the Olds Tower and was named after Ransom E. Olds the person who Oldsmobile was named after.  Construction began on November 14, 1929 and was completed in 1931.  Shortly after construction, it was renamed the Capital National Bank Tower after the bank that Olds founded.  In 1954, it was renamed the Michigan National Bank Tower and held that name until 2001 when the Bank was bought by Standard Federal.  Before that, there was also a neon "Michigan National" sign.  In 2005, it was given its current named after the Iraqi family that owned it.  At the top is the radio antenna for WJZL.

It is 297 feet tall and is constructed brick and limestone and would be considered Art Deco.  Part of it is used as the main hearing room for the Michigan Senate.
 The Cooley Law School was founded in 1972 and named after Thomas M. Cooley.  He was a former Chief of the Michigan Supreme Court and Dean of the Michigan Law School.  This is part of the school's main campus and it has satellite schools in Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills, Ann Arbor and Tampa, Florida.  It's combined enrollment makes it one of the larger law schools in the country.
 The Cooley Temple Conference Center used to be a Masonic Temple.  It was constructed in the 1920's.
 Another view of the Boji Tower although I will admit that I pretty much took this one because of the reflection of the Capitol dome in the other building.
 Looking up at the Boji Building.
 One more view of the Boji Building.
 Now known as the Comerica Bank Building, this used to be the Lansing Bank Building.  Construction was completed in 1931 and  at 15 stories, it is the third tallest building in Lansing.
 Looking down Michigan Avenue to the east.
 Not sure what this building used to be.
 Some of the details on the Comerica Building.  I really like the way they used to style the buildings in the 30's.  It certainly beats the soul-less buildings of glass and steel.
 Looking up at the Comerica Building.
 Some other details.
 And other details.  I kind of like the Native American and Bison.
 As I was taking pictures, this firetruck passed by.  I had to rush to get its picture.
 A picture of the frieze on the Lansing City Hall.  It is an otherwise unremarkable building.  The frieze of course has symbols for the history of Lansing.
One of the churches near the Capitol Building.

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