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Bekins Moving
& Storage [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
former Bekins
Moving & Storage
Los Angeles, CA
Castle Argyle Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Lido Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Bekins Moving & Storage was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, IA. Eventually, the company would build locations in 14 states. These castle-like buildings were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. The Los Angeles sign was removed in 2013 and replaced with a Public Storage sign. There are several other examples of the company's vintage signs around the country, including Fresno, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Sioux City, IA. Many of the signs have been adapted by other storage facilities and other businesses like the one at Emser Tile shown above. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [Emser map]

The Castle Argyle Apartments was built in 1928. This sign was installed in 1929. It was completely restored in 2013. The building is now used for senior housing. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lido Apartments were built in 1928 as apartments and a hotel for actors. This sign may be from then. [map]

KRKD
Radio Tower
Los Angeles, CA
Bendix Building
Los Angeles, CA
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles has more vintage neon rooftop signs than anywhere else in the country.

The KRKD Radio Tower sign was built in 1932. The tower was outlined with neon in 2003. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Bendix Building sign was built in 1930. It was built by the Bendix Aviation Corporation to aid with nighttime aviation. This sign is 150 feet tall. The "B" is 25 feet tall. The sign was relit in 2003. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bendix Building Garage sign has opal glass letters.

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre was built in 1927 and this sign may be from then. It was there by 1939. The theatre is now used as a live performance venue. For more, see this website. [map]

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Cinegrill
Los Angeles, CA
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927. Vintage photos don't show any rooftop signs at that point. The first photo shown above had been installed by 1937. The other sign was there by the 1950s. One of the signs was originally topped with Hollywood letters. Those letters were gone by the 1950s. [map]

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Cinegrill restaurant and nightclub opened in 1936. There was no rooftop sign originally. This sign was apparently installed shortly by the 1940s. It was replaced with a lozenge-shaped panel soon after that. By the early 1950s, the panel with the stars had been added. The lozenge-shaped panel had neon "Cinegrill" letters across its center. By the late 1970s, that panel became a message board and the Cinegrill neon letters were added on top of it. In 2012, the message board panel was replaced with an electronic screen. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

The Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
El Royale Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
The Broadway Hollywood was built in 1927 as Dyas Emporium. Dyas closed in 1931 and The Broadway department store moved into the space. Two identical rooftop signs were installed that same year. Only one sign remains. The sign had been dark for years but was restored and relit in 2005. This Broadway closed in the late 1980s and the building was used as office space. The building now houses shops and condos. The sign is still lit. For more, see this website. [map]

The El Royale Apartments building was designed by William Douglas Lee and built in 1929. The rooftop and entrance signs may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Californian
Los Angeles, CA
2013: 2016:
The Hotel Californian sign was stashed near Griffith Park since 1995. There was another "Californian" sign here until around 2010. That sign was sold to actress Diane Keaton. The "Hotel" sign was still there but laying flat on the ground behind the fence. These signs were originally installed on the hotel's rooftop in Los Angeles next door to the Hotel Barbizon. The hotel was built in 1925 and I believe these signs are from then. After several fires and deterioration, the hotel was demolished in 1995. These signs were removed just before that and moved to the Griffith Park location. In 2016, this sign was restored and installed on top of a new building near MacArthur Park. For more, see this website. [map]

Schwab's Restaurant [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Los Altos Hotel & Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
DuBarry Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
There were five Schwab's Pharmacy locations in the Los Angeles area. The most famous of them was the one was Sunset & Vine which opened in 1932. It closed in 1983 and the building was demolished in 1987. In 2004, the "Schwab's Restaurant", shown above, opened just down the block, in memory of the famous pharmacy's lunch counter. This sign was a recreation of the original Schwab's sign. However, the restaurant only lasted about a year. The space later houses a Kabuki Japanese Restaurant but this rooftop sign remained until the letters were removed in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Los Altos Hotel & Apartments was built as an apartment building in 1925. The twin signs were restored by the city in 1997. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The DuBarry Apartments building was constructed in 1929. The sign was also restored by the city in 1997. The letters are lit with green neon. [map]

Gaylord Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Evanston Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
The Gaylord Apartments building was constructed in 1924. The sign is probably from then or shortly thereafter. It was restored by the city in 1995. For more, see this website. [map]

The Evanston Apartments were built in the 1920s. The sign was restored by the city in 1995. [map]

Halifax Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Hotel Normandie
Los Angeles, CA
Bryson Apartment Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
The Halifax Apartments were built in 1923 as the Cross Arms Apartments. In 1924, the building was renamed the Halifax Apartments. This sign might be from the late 1920s. [map]

The Hotel Normandie was built in 1926. This neon sign is from then or shortly thereafter. It was restored and relit in 2011. The letters are lit with white neon at night. [map]

The Bryson Apartment Hotel was built in 1913. The sign was probably built in the late 1920s. It was restored around 1996 by the city. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Town House
Los Angeles, CA
The Town House hotel was built in 1929. These twin signs are probably from slightly after that. The hotel was later known as the Sheraton Town House. It closed in 1993. The building has been used for low income housing since then. I believe the dilapidated signs are registered landmarks. The missing letters are piled up behind the signs on the roof. For more, see this website. [map]

Wilshire Royale Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
2012: 2017:
The Wilshire Royale Hotel was built in 1927. It is now used for apartments. This sign was repainted around 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Stratford
Los Angeles, CA
The Hotel Stratford is now used for apartments. [map]

Ojai Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Fontenoy Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
The Ojai Apartments were built in 1928 as an actor's hotel. [map]

The Fontenoy Apartments were also built in 1928. For more, see this website. [map]

Ansonia Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
Asbury Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
The Ansonia Apartments building was constructed in 1916 as the James Edmonds Hotel. For more, see this website. [map]

The Asbury Apartments were built in 1925. The building is used for low income housing. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Commodore
Los Angeles, CA
Park Wilshire Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
The Hotel Commodore was built in 1922. The building is now known as the Commodore Regency Apartments. The neon is missing from this sign. For more, see this website. [map]

The Park Wilshire Hotel was built in 1924. The building is now used for apartments. The "PW" sign was probably a twin sign with the full lettering originally. For more, see this website. [map]

Rosslyn Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
The Rosslyn Hotel was built in 1913. The 100-foot-long rooftop sign was installed then. It was built by the Greenwood Advertising Company. The sign proudly proclaimed that the hotel had 800 rooms and cost one million dollars to build. The heart is a reference to the Hart Brothers who owned the hotel. There were also letters which are missing now which spelled out "Hart" and "Bros." on the upper left and right of the sign. Most of the sign was lit with white bulbs. The heart and the words "800," "Rooms," "Fireproof," and "Popular Prices" were lit with red bulbs. The text was lit sequentially with the heart pulsating on and off.

In 1923, a second building known as the "Rosslyn Annex" was built across the street. This added another 300 rooms and the original sign was changed to read "1100." A new scaffold bulb sign was built on the Annex building which read "Hart Bros., Rosslyn Hotel Annex, 1100 Rooms" and was encircled with a red heart. The Annex sign lost most of its letters over the years and now reads only "Rosslyn Hotel." When both signs were restored in 2000 by the City of Los Angeles, neon was added to all the letters to save on electrical costs. The heart’s bulbs were retained, and the scaffolding was repainted to the original red, blue, yellow, and green. A few years later, the Rosslyn Building was converted into lofts while the Annex became low-income housing. The signs are too expensive to operate and are only turned on for movie shoots. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Hotel Knickerbocker
Los Angeles, CA
The Hotel Knickerbocker was built in 1923 as the Security Apartments. However, they never opened. In 1928, new owners bought the property and renamed it the Knickerbocker Hotel Apartments. The hotel opened in 1929 and this sign is probably from then. The entrance canopy was added in 1955. The "Hollywood" letters were added then. The sign on top of the canopy was added later. In 1972, the hotel was converted into the Knickerbocker Apartments with housing for senior citizens. When the rooftop sign was restored, possibly in the 1980s, the "HOTEL" letters were repainted over to read "THE". For more, see this website. [map]

More Los Angeles Scaffold Signs:
Ansonia Apartments
Highland Theatre
Hollywood Tower
Jensen's Recreation Center
Orpheum Theatre
Trianon Apartments

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