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Vote on Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel replica to become Legos

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Vote on Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel replica to become Legos


A campaign is on to turn a Grand Hotel Lego model into an official kit.

The replica reached its milestone of 1,000 votes Monday. But it has a ways to go to get 10,000 votes before it’s turned into the next kit sold in stores.

The 710-piece model was created by University of Michigan engineer David Lorch. Lorch submitted the replica through the Lego Ideas website in October and received 1,965 supporters as of noon Tuesday, with more than 400 days left to reach the next milestone of 5,000 supporters.

Lorch made a small version of the nine-foot replica he built in 2016 for the hotel’s 130th anniversary.

“All of this produces an environment of vibrant colors which was exciting to represent with Lego pieces,” Lorch wrote on the website. “I especially enjoyed using flat azure-colored pieces attached upside down on the porch ceiling of the model to match the sky blue that can be seen painted on the hotel.”

The website allows people to present ideas for play sets through contests. More than 27,000 product ideas are currently open for support.

According to its guidelines, product ideas are designs that have a maximum of 3,000 pieces and must focus on one idea or theme.

Initially, product ideas have 60 days to reach 100 supporters. Days will be added when the products reach 1,000 and 5,000 votes.

Grand Hotel officials said they were excited about the opportunity that the model could potentially be sold across the country.

“When I first saw the original display at a Lego show in Ann Arbor I was amazed at the level of detail David used in building the hotel as a nine-foot model,” said Julie Rogers, director of marketing for Grand Hotel. “All the dormers and flags were in place, even the ceiling of the front porch he matched perfectly. We believe the beautiful architecture of the hotel and all the small details that make it so special would make it such a fun Lego building project for everyone to enjoy.”

According to the Grand Hotel, to vote:

  • Go to ideas.lego.com
  • You will be taken to Grand Hotel’s Lego model page. 
  • You will be required to log in or create an account.
  • After validating your email address you’ll be able to log in and vote.
  • Share your vote on social media and use the hashtag #legograndhotel.

The model is not the first Michigan building turned into a Lego design.

A replica of the downtown General Motors Renaissance Center was displayed at the 2016 Detroit auto show. The 50,000-piece model was one of 10 Detroit-area landmarks made of Legos to become a permanent display in the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing.

A Lego animation of a University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University football game was recreated by Jared Jacobs of Idaho in 2016.

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