• Posted in: WTH WTH? Check out that beautiful Historic Neighborhood… gas station?

    This may quickly devolve into an outright rant, so let me first say: this is my opinion only, and my angle/ agenda is for the highest good of two historic neighborhoods that I love, respect,...

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  • Posted in: WTH What the Hell Wednesday: Barn over Medieval Jail Cell

    Dr. Eugene is off having some emergency affliction tended to and it just so happens I chanced upon this beauty just yesterday along 10th Street. Nothing about this structure makes sense to me. Clearly, an...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Halloween Costume Contest Winner

    And poof!  Your mind is blown.    ...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: That’s Not Helping

    A few months ago I penned a WTH column called McShambles where I spoke of the questionable improvements the owners of the former McShanes Bar had made to the exterior. Well if you haven’t driven by...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Seriously, What the Hell?

    This week’s submission is courtesy of avid HI reader, Richard Johnson, who spotted this house on East 10th Street.  While this house may not look all that interesting or offensive, the reader noticed something a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: One Size Fits None

    Well, this is unfortunate. Here’s how I suspect this happened: ************************** Homeowner: I need new windows.  I’ll call a replacement window company! (dials phone) TW Rep: Hello! Thanks for calling Terrible Windows! Homeowner: Yes I...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving

    This American Foursquare on East Michigan (why do I keep picking on East Michigan?) is reportedly part of the Witness Protection Program as you can clearly see that it’s been artfully disguised as a suburban…fortress?....

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Now That’s Cuckoo

    This home with its second story door is either: A former entrance to an upstairs apartment (Good lord, I hope there were stairs or at least a trampoline to help people make it up there) The...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Spot the Triangles

    Quick! Spot the triangles in this photo.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  Find them yet?  You can’t miss ’em.  I swear, there are at least two triangles in this photo. Anything seem a little ‘off’ to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Stark Gable

    I’d like to think that when this was built, the “architect” asked the owner, “Where do you want the gable?” and the response was something like, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”. Do...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Spanish Vinyl Diner?

    You know I sat down this week to write something witty about this beautiful little gem. But I have to be honest.  I don’t even know what the hell is going on here.  Which I suppose makes...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Beside Myself

    I’m a traditionalist when it comes to siding. I like brick and/or wood. You can add some other stone varieties in there when it comes to commercial buildings…but otherwise I’m strictly a brick and/or wood...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Amsterdam That’s A Lotta Roof

    Maybe it’s me, but this house doesn’t look proportional. I know this style (Dutch Colonial) is supposed to have a gambrel roof…and obviously this does…but, it looks like they had grand plans to build a...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: McShambles

    Mc Shane’s Pub, on Emerson and E. Michigan, used to be a damn fine bar.  It was one of those bars that you’d expect to see very important people frequenting after a hard day on the job.  A...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Full Moon Flattening

    Those of you who have seen the original Wolfman movie (I saw it as a child in the theater) will recall how the Wolfman would stalk and terrorize the village, striking fear in anyone who...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Horrorplasty

    This fine architectural specimen can be found on East Michigan St. displaying her wares for all to see. I’m fairly certain this used to be a fine example of an American Foursquare…which is a bit...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Ugh

    Ah the American front porch. A cultural icon. The quintessential outdoor living space. The welcome mat to the world. Nothing says “Come, share with me and my family” like a magnificent front…uh…what’s that? Oh I...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: Dainty Awnings

    Awnings are of course a historic architectural feature, and they are still applied to modern buildings for the same purpose of shading the interior from the sun. Most awnings provide shade. However, the awnings over...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: She’s A Brick House (not really)

    This semi-brick home is located on north College Ave. The remuddling is so far gone that I can’t really say much more about it than what the h*ll. The photos say more than I can....

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Weds: In Woodruff Place

    Who would have thought that we could find a WTH in Woodruff Place? Admittedly, it is not easy–there are so many great restorations and waiting-to-be-restoreds that it was pretty hard actually. Today’s selection has been...

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