By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
There is no such thing as total solitude in downtown Lansing. Even when the lights are out, the businesses closed, and the streets empty, the stoic faces of gargoyles and other curious creatures perched on buildings keep constant watch over the city. “You know, my favorite (building) is the old Michigan National Tower, the Boji (Tower) now,” Rafeeq McGiveron, who has worked in downtown Lansing for 19 years, said. “I mean you look at the reliefs on it, man, I love those. There’s like a cat, or a jaguar or something, with a dead rabbit in its mouth.”
According to Carolyn Loeb, a Michigan State art and architecture historian, the range of styles reflects the primary periods of growth for a downtown area.