A Big Big BIG Day!
The sign was taken down about ten years ago and has been in storage since.
No one recalls the sign ever having its neon tubing intact and lighted.
We have worked hard to raise the funds to restore the sign to its full glory, as a dramatic and highly visible way of showing the community that the long-closed and ravaged structure is coming back to life.
Initially, we had hoped that the sign could be restored but after consulting with Coffelt Signs it became apparent that a meticulous recreation would prove the wiser choice. The original sign is metal, is damaged, and prone to rust. A new sign would be made of aluminum, would last longer and, significantly, require less maintenance.
Today, the signed contract to recreate the neon sign was delivered to Coffelt!!!!!!!!
The sign is estimated to be completed in 6-8 weeks. A seperate project will be getting a mounting pole installed and wired.
Once both project are completed, we will announce a grand lighting ceremony! With a 10, 9, 8…countdown! I am living for this night!
The original sign will be installed inside the “ballroom” on the ground level. This is a very large space which was under the original auditorium. Once the interior of the building is reconstructed (it is currently a ruin) the current discussion will be to recreate the lost auditorium and the lost ballroom under. The ballroom could be used as a foyer, gathering space, and events space. High up on the east wall we could hang the original sign, creating a dramatic focal point!
It is a thrill to move forward with this project, and the Strong City Preservation Alliance thanks everybody who contributed to our fund-raising campaigns, and donated time and effort.