On a clear day, you can see the Capitol

This was published on the City Pulse’s website on September 30, 2011. I also took the accompanying photo.

On a clear day, you can see the Capitol

By Nicole LaChance

Friday, Sept. 30 — The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition’s Views of Lansing fundraiser takes place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. After touring four buildings with optimal views of the Lansing skyline, participants will have the chance to attend a reception at the Cooley Temple, a space owned by Cooley Law School and primarily used as a conference space — and, of course, the reception will be in a room with a view.

Attendees will first get to view the lobby of the building and then will head up to the sixth floor reception area. This area features a view of the Capitol Building and front lawn, including the spot where the state Christmas tree will stand during the holiday season. The reception area includes a bar and a few tables.

The connecting auditorium is also part of the reception. Live music, food and additional tables will be located in the room for guests to enjoy. While the auditorium doesn’t offer a view of Lansing, it is an architectural gem. Many of the features in the 1,000-seat auditorium are original, although the stage has been altered to accommodate the disabled, said Don LeDuc, president and dean of Cooley Law School. One of the highlights of the room is the collection of chandeliers hung in various spots throughout the auditorium.

Cooley Temple was built in the 1920s as a replacement for an earlier Masonic Temple. It once operated a public cafeteria that was a major restaurant in downtown Lansing, said LeDuc. It was also host to several high school proms and a movie theater, which is said to be the first place “talking motion pictures” were shown in Lansing, he added. Cooley Temple was purchased by Cooley in 1974, a year after the school opened. Cooley then began restoring the building, a project the school is still working on today.

Cooley will also be opening the Cooley Center, which opened in 2000, for the event. The 10nth floor boardroom of the building, which was formerly the Commerce Center, features views extending all the way to Spartan Stadium.

“I thought it was a great idea for a fundraiser, because many people don’t get to see the inside of these buildings or to appreciate the wonderful vistas that those of us who work in them see every day,” said LeDuc. All funds from the event will benefit the GLHC’s existing programs.

To register for the event call (517) 372-5980.

Views of Lansing

Fundraiser for Greater Lansing Housing Coalition 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

$100 (tax-deductible); advance reservations are requested

A reception follows at 7 p.m. at Cooley Temple. Call (517) 372-5980, or email glhc@glhc.org.

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