Historic Lansing photos
Posted 01 August 2005 - 08:46 PM
First, a shot looking east down Michigan Ave in 1930, none of the buildings on the right exist anymore.
An arial view of the Captiol Complex under construction in 1967, it would be nice to see this kind of thing going on again, the Treasury, Mennen and Transportation buildings are under construction along with the Lansing Towers apartments.
A night shot of the Capitol Complex in 1971, shortly after it's completion, looks very modern and clean.
An industrial shot of Cedar & Shiawassee in 1910, I don't beleive any of the noticeble buildings exist any more. I can't figure out exactly which way this is facing since there are no landmarks to go by.
A drawing of the REO plant in 1918, Washington Ave is running accross the bottom right.
A view of the REO buildings that faced Washington Ave in 1977.
A view of REO along the RR tracks in 1977.
A view of the Old Lansing City Hall (Left) and the Old Post Office (Right)
The Lansing School for the Blind as it used to be.
Lansing Central High School, now known as LCC's Old Central Building (has been "modernized")
Some unkown Lansing Factory shots, non currently exist , of course.
I hope to get more historic photos of downtown soon, to be specific the third Saturday of this month when the library has it's history section open.
Posted 01 August 2005 - 09:01 PM
Also, the Cedar and Shiawassee shot is looking slightly northwest. You can see the Grand River and the rail bridge (now a pedestrian Bridge) in the upper left hand corner. I'm sure a few of those buildings are left though the picture if so fuzzy that I only see one I recognize. If you look near the bottom right you see a house with a crown. It's now a center for dyslexia.
Man, the area just west of the Capitol Complex has been completely leveled for parking lots. It's so sad.
Posted 01 August 2005 - 09:16 PM
The 6 block area that the origional Capitol Complex sits on was largly occupied by
mid rise apartments and rowhouses, some of the rowhouse strips were up to 1/2 block long according to maps, those are the main pictures I would like to see.
And as for Cedar & Shiawassee, do you mean northwest? I think I see it now pointing out that house helps. I think most of that was there quite recently, some was demolished for Olds Park and some for the Lansing Center.
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Posted 02 August 2005 - 01:11 PM
I haven't lived in Lansing for 25 years, but if that view is of East Michigan Ave., when I lived there, it was Lansing's sleaze district (hookers, strip clubs, Joe Covello's Drag Bar, Rescue Mission "Jesusaves", etc.).
Enlighten me Lmichigan ...
Posted 02 August 2005 - 04:02 PM
The area you are speaking of is now Oldsmobile Stadium, as I'm sure you know, and the businesses along Larch and East Michigan are now cleaned up and revitalized. Most of the buildings have lofts above the storefronts now. The whole area is referred to as Pere Marquette Place by some. There is a small block of new construction condos along the railtracks north of Claras, but still much land to build on.
The Rescue Mission is still there and doing the good work it always has. It's an eclectic mix of businesses to say the least.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 08:29 PM
LS & MS Depot - this was somewhere along Cedar Street, downtown. I can't really remember the old railroad configuration of the area, but it was somewhere in this area and demolished long ago.
Hollister Building before it was expanded and still known as the Hollister Block. This is the oldest remaining "high-rise" building of Lansing.
Fire Station #1 - This one looks like the current home of the Lansing Civic Players on East Michigan Avenue, but Station #1 would be the one downtown at Grand and Shiawasee. So, I'm not sure where this one is or if it still exists.
300 south block of Washington Square looking north. With the old Downey Hotel dominating the foreground.
100 south block of Washington looking north. Looks to be sometime in the 60's.
Posted 20 February 2006 - 12:56 PM
According to my book, the second fire station #1 (which is the one you have a pic of) was "at the base of Allegan Street, on Grand" basically where the S. Grand ramp is now.
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