Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About ArsEcclesiae

  • Rank
    Unincorporated Area
  • Birthday 08/01/1983

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Grattan, Michigan
  1. Good to know that when the Zombie Apocalypse happens we will all have a place to go now
  2. I think this place could be really cool if done right. A partial restoration/Art Deco styled update could be really cool and I think would make it seem less hulking. It just needs some new render to cover up the dark bricks. Add a fresh bright white paint job with brightly colored highlights and perhaps some new decorative features and it could be a eye magnate instead of an eye-sore.
  3. Does anyone know what is going to happen to the Toy Shelf (I think that is what it is called)? I love that little store and will be sad to see it go.
  4. I loved reading that book as a child. I credit it partially with developing my love of architecture and urban design. I still love it when I find a quirky old house completely surrounded by modern buildings; like an old sentry keeping watch over the neighborhood.
  5. Could the red mean restoration/redesign? The small little corner of the building across from the current gas station and Goodwin's is also red. Isn't that the sixties style old post office? Perhaps they are going to update it to bring it more into character with the rest of the village?
  6. Thanks for the pictures John! I havn't been in downtown in a while and its nice to see the progress on the HDCH parking garage wall. Looking good down there...can't wait until it's all finished!
  7. I have to say that I never much cared for the look of the basement structure to begin with. The bottom doesn't seem to marry with the upper portions of the building at all IMHO.
  8. Will the plants gorw bigger though? Maybe it just looks sparse right now (I have not been down there yet....just thinking that they might have planted them with the idea of mature growth in mind)?
  9. That is a sweet shot! Would make an awesome framed photo!
  10. Very lovely pictures! The "fuzzyness" of the photos (IMHO) lends an air of nostoligia, as though the photo is something seen through the lense of the mind's eye. Anyway, my favorite is the last photo of the three that you posted, looking down Monroe Center (at least I think that is where that is). The only thing that makes it not quite perfect is...nobody is there doing Christmas Shopping!
  11. I love the colors too, such diversity! Oh, and I am so Thankful to Louis Campau for giving us the interesting street grid downtown. I know it can be a little crazy and annoying, but look at the character it gives the city with this shot of the winding road.
  12. HDVCH looks so massive now that it's frame is looming on the horizon! Big old Butterworth looks so puny in comparison, at least in the photos preceding. I think that is one thing that the "neede" did for the building. By giving the building a slender focal point, it detracted from the massiveness of the central building by the contrast of the ultra slender, as well as drawing the eye upward.
  13. I wonder if that is simply because in most American cities the religious buildings have been obscured because of neighbouring high-rise structures (think St. Pat's in NYC...most "iconic" church I can think of in a large American city). In Europe, the cathedral was generally the focus of the skyline, along with the steeples and turrets of smaller churches. These became well established symbols for centuries before being obscured by larger structures. I just mentioned this because unlike most of the other churches in GR...St. Adelbert's has a dome, and is clearly seen from any of the highways going into downtown. Whether or no...it certainly dominates the West Side.
  14. Seeing that picture of the Basilica made me think...what is the most "iconic" structure in GR? I have talked to a lot of people who have never been to GR other than driving though it, or have not been here much, but almost all of them mention the "big green dome." It seems like if nobody remembered anything else about GR it was that there was a church with a "big green dome." so...is this the most iconic structure in GR? Just wondering what people's thoughts are on that.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.