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Historic Sites in Lansing

March 4th, 2013 by insideout

At the turn of the 19th century, Lansing was evolving from a frontier town to a center for commerce, government and culture. As this shift occurred, impressive, more permanent buildings began to spring up. Through the care of the community and dedicated groups like the Lansing Historical Society, many of these buildings still stand and can be admired by you today!

Central United Methodist Church. (215 North Capital) One of the finest Richardsonian Romanesque churches in Michigan, outside of Detroit. The structure is made of dark red Ionia Michigan sandstone. All of the trim is red oak. Built in 1889, it is an important part of the Greater Lansing community. It is possibly the only church designed by Elijah E. Myers, architect of the State Capitol.

Herrmann House on Lansing Community College. (520 North Capitol Avenue) Built by successful German immigrant and businessman John Herrmann once his business took off. Now a part of the Lansing Community College and home to the president of the College.

Rodgers-Carrier House. (528 North Capitol Avenue) Sometimes referred to as the “Moon House,” for its architect Darius Moon, this Queen Anne style home was built in 1891 for H. M. Rogers, a local realtor. Acquired by Lansing Community College in 1967, it was used temporarily as a bookstore. Architectural studies students undertook restoration work on the house in 1982. Today, the Foundation/Alumni Office is located here.

State Capitol Building. (Intersection of Capitol and Michigan Avenues) The present capitol building, preceded by a temporary wood frame structure, was dedicated in January 1879 and is designed in a Neoclassical style, more specifically Italianate style.The capitol was rededicated in 1992 after a three-year restoration project. Guided tours are offered from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tour times are subject to change daily based on staffing levels; visitors interested in a tour should call ahead to verify tour times (517.373.2348).

The English Inn: A Historic Michigan Property

In 1927, construction began on the Tudor Revival home designed for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife, Janet. Mr. Reuter was General Manager and President of the Oldsmobile Corporation. The Reniger Construction Co. of Lansing completed the 10,000 square foot house early in 1928. Named “Medovue” by the Reuters, the property currently sits on 15 acres in Eaton Rapids with the original pergola, swimming pool and gazebo. The grounds also include an artesian well, fishpond, annual and perennial gardens and nature trails. Now, we offer this historic property to you as an ideal wedding venue or for overnight bed and breakfast lodging.

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