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An art deco masterpiece reawakens


There are many fine examples of art deco or art moderne design. But to this planner, one the most impressive art deco structures anywhere is the former Knapp’s Department Store, which adorns south Washington Square in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Completed in … Continue reading

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Downtown destinations yet unknown


During my youth, it was a special treat to travel to downtown Indianapolis with my parents and shop at the L.S. Ayres or William H. Block department stores. As a kid, I was fascinated by the immense size of the stores, their … Continue reading

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